as a teenager in ireland, when violence and unrest were escalating because of the conflict over northern ireland, u2 frontman bono longed for the voice of reason from somebody such as the rev. martin luther king jr.
those thoughts and understanding of king's teachings and life led the singer to write a song about the slain civil rights leader, a 1984 hit called "pride (in the name of love)."
"we despaired for the lack of vision of the kind dr. king gave to the people in the south," bono said saturday before accepting one of the hightest honors from the king center, the organization founded by king's widow, coretta scott king.
"we are fortunate this year to...honor bono for exemplifying many of the qualities that my husband, martin, indicated were imperative to moving our society into the beloved community of which he so often spoke," coretta scott king said.
the target corp. received the same award for its charitable work.
bono was nominated for the nobel peace prize last year for his work to relieve third world debt and promote aids awareness.
"when dr. king spoke about having a dream, he wasn't just talking about an american dream. it can be an african dream, an irish dream," bono said. "that's why i'm excited to be here."