Jonathan was honoured with the award in recognition of his leadership in advancing human rights, social justice and the fight for universal freedom.
Former President, Goodluck Jonathan has become the first African leader to receive the Presidential Award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), in Atlanta, Georgia.
The SCLC was founded by Dr Martin Luther King Jr. in January 1957 is currently led by Dr Charles Steele Jr. who held a private meeting with the former Nigerian president before the event.
The event was part of the activities leading up to the celebration of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 18th, 2016.
Recall that Ohimai Amaize, an investigative journalist earlier in the year bursted the alleged fake award arranged in honor of President Buhari by those who claimed to represent the SCLC.
The award, however, became controversial when the Martin Luther King Centre, which is a memorial of the late preacher, said it has no knowledge of the event.