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Pire, Dominique

b. 1910 - d. 1969

Fr. Georges Dominique Pire was a Belgian Dominican friar who devoted his life to promoting global understanding, eliminating poverty and assisting refugees in post-World War II Europe. He taught sociology and moral philosophy at the Dominican monastery in Huy and founded two organizations, Mutual Family Aid and Open Air Camps, which fed thousands of Belgian and French children after the war. Fr. Pire was chaplain to the resistance movement and helped smuggle downed Allied pilots out of the country. In 1949, he founded Aid to Displaced Persons, an agency that sponsored refugee families, established homes for the aged and constructed seven small villages for refugees. Fr. Pire was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1958 for this work. He urged Dr. King’s support of a 1967 Norwegian appeal that Nobel winners visit the U.S. and Hanoi governments to encourage Vietnam peace negotiations. King supported the initiative, suggested Philip Noel-Baker and Fr. Pire represent him and said he would consider going himself if necessary.

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Initiative for Peace in Vietnam

Philip Noel-Baker and Father George Dominique Pire describe the formation of the Initiative for Peace in Vietnam and its efforts.

Initiative for Peace In Vietnam

Philip Noel-Baker and Father George Dominique Pire detail the origins of the Initiative for Peace in Vietnam and its action plan. As they explain, a group of Norwegian citizens approached living Nobel Peace Prize winners to develop a project focusing on achieving peace in Vietnam. To reach that goal, the initiative plans to send representatives to each group involved with the conflict in Vietnam.

Letter from Duncan Wood to MLK

This letter outlines Dr. King's upcoming trip to Moscow. The purpose of the mission is to have past Nobel Peace Prize winners partake in an initiative to promote peace in Vietnam.

Letter from John Barber to Mrs. A.W. Boone

John Barber, Executive Assistant to Dr. King, thanks Mrs. Boone of Atlanta's Booker T. Washington High School for agreeing to find a "Negro youngster" to become the pen pal of "a young French correspondent." The pen pal request resulted from communication between Dr. King and Dominique Pire, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and Belgian priest.

Norwegian Peace Initiative

Five Norwegians concerned about the Vietnam conflict propose that winners of the Nobel Peace Prize form a negotiating delegation to visit the US and Hanoi governments.

Press Statement: MLK Agrees to Moscow Trip Regarding Vietnam

This press release announces that Dr. King has agreed to join with other Nobel Peace laureates for a meeting in Moscow in early October [1967] with the Ambassador of North Vietnam and the Ambassador of the National Liberation Front regarding a possible Vietnam peace settlement. Dr. King will go with Fr. Georges Dominique Pire of Belgium, who won the Peace Prize in 1958. The mission is the result of a private Norwegian initiative with financial backing from the Norwegian government.

Telegram from Duncan Wood to MLK

Telegram from Duncan Wood on behalf of the Oslo Committee, hoping to arrange interviews in Moscow with Dr. King and Father Pire.