This Day in Georgia History
October 11, 2002
Jimmy Carter Awarded Nobel Peace Prize
Former president and native Georgian Jimmy Carter was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for decades of work in promoting human rights and international peace. Carter announced that the $1,000,000 associated with the award would be used by the Carter Center in Atlanta. Carter became the second Georgia native to receive the Nobel Peace Prize - which is a record for any American state. In 1964, Martin Luther King, Jr. became the first native-born Georgian to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Though not born in Georgia, Pres. Woodrow Wilson (who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1919) spent part of his youth in Augusta, practiced law in Atlanta, and married a young woman from Rome, Georgia.