John Hume’s family to gift Nobel, Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prizes to people of Derry

Pat Hume and members of the Hume family will today meet with Mayor of Derry & Strabane Brian Tierney to announce their intention to give the Nobel Peace Prize, the Martin Luther King Jnr Non-Violent Prize and Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prizes to the people of Derry.

Friday, 28th May 2021, 7:46 am

John Hume was the only person in history to be awarded the Nobel Peace Laureate in 1998, the Martin Luther King Jnr Non-Violent Prize in 1999 and the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize in 2002.

Pat Hume said: “On receipt of the Nobel Peace Laureate, the Martin Luther King Jnr Non-Violent Prize and the Mahatma Gandhi Peace Prize, John said he accepted each award with a tremendous sense of honour.

“John accepted them in the name of all the peace-makers who helped nourish the peace process and all the people of Ireland, North and South, nationalist and unionist, who never wavered in their commitment to peace and reconciliation.”

Nobel Laureate John and Pat Hume at the Guildhall.

Pat Hume said: ”Although John built alliances for peaceful change in Ireland, at Westminster, in Brussels and in Washington DC, he always remained rooted in Derry.

“We believe it is right for the people of Derry to have the opportunity to share these peace awards.

“It is our intention to give the peace prizes to the Derry and Strabane Council to be exhibited in a public place.”

Mayor Brian Tierney said: “It is a huge honour that Pat Hume and the Hume family intend to give these unique peace prizes to the people of Derry. John Hume was my great hero.

“He was a true and courageous peace maker who made a huge impact in Derry, on the island and internationally. As President Clinton rightly said: ‘He was Ireland’s Martin Luther King.’”

The Hume Family appreciate that Derry and Strabane Council will have to take this matter through their formal Council processes.

John Hume donated the significant monetary awards from each prize to community and voluntary organisation including the St Vincent De Paul and Salvation Army.