Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev received five humanitarian awards from various U.S. groups yesterday and said the recognition is "a great incentive to me in what I'm doing."
"It is said that face-to-face sometimes you cannot see the face, and that the big things are seen from a distance," Gorbachev said during one of the presentations in an ornate room at the Soviet Embassy. "We value highly that you have seen something from a distance."
Speaker after speaker said Gorbachev has proved one person can change the course of history.
The Albert Einstein Peace Prize, a $50,000 award once given to the late human rights champion Andrei Sakharov.
The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Freedom Medal for promotion of FDR's "four freedoms" -- freedom of speech and expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Non-Violent Peace Prize for 1991 from the King Center for Non-Violent Social Change in Atlanta. Coretta Scott King presented a $1,000 check and a medallion bearing King's words and likeness.
The "Man of History" award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation, a group of religious and business leaders. The award was a Steuben glass crystal, presented by Rabbi Arthur Schneier after he pronounced a blessing on Gorbachev.
The Martin Luther King Jr. International Peace Award from Friends World College, a small Quaker school in New York. The award, a silver sculpture of a dove encircling the globe, once went to former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias.