On August 20, 1953, the French colonial power forced King Mohammed V into exile to Corsica.French authorities then exiled him to Madagascar in January 1955.
On the return of King Mohammed V to Morocco, he began negotiations with France for independence.Read Also:King Mohammed VI Visits Hotel Where Late King Mohammed V Stayed While in ExileOne year after his return, Morocco gained its independence in March of 1956.Despite the passage of over 60 years, the new generation of Moroccans still remembers this significant date.
Led by the late King Hassan II, son of Mohammed V, the 1975 Green March served as a catalyst for the reunification of Morocco with Oued Eddahab on August 14, 1979.
The Freedom Award, a recognition of late king Mohammed V's "deep convictions and courage" (Ambassador-at-Large).The "Martin Luther King Jr.
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel" Freedom Award, given posthumously to late HM King Mohammed V.Thanks to the strong decision of the sovereign, "Moroccan Jewish community was neither detained nor deported or murdered in concentration camps," recalled Berdugo, noting that when divisions based on race predominated in Europe, the late king refused this categorization, saying that "all Moroccans, Jews or Muslims, enjoyed His full protection."The award ceremony, which took place at a glittering event held in B'nai Jeshurun Synagogue in the heart of New York, was marked by the reading of a message of HM King Mohammed VI by HM the King's Advisor Andr Azoulay.
The ceremony was attended notably by Morocco's Ambassador to the United States Rachad Bouhlal and Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Morocco to the United Nations, Omar Hilale.Presenting the award to HRH Princess Lalla Hasnaa, on behalf of the students, staff and executives of the prestigious Kivunim Institute, co-chair of the conference of the graduates of this institute, Eliana Lauter, recalled that Late HM King Mohammed V objected the racist laws of the Vichy government, expressing his "firm opposition" to any segregation between his subjects regardless of their religions.
The evening was wonderfully wrapped up by a Jewish-Arab music concert with the participation of Mira Awa and David Broza.HM the King: Late HM King Mohammed V, Revered Hero for All Peoples Yearning for Freedom.Late HM King Mohammed V is a revered hero not only to all Moroccans, but also to all peoples yearning for freedom and dignity, HM King Mohammed VI said in a message on the occasion of the award ceremony, held here Sunday, of the "Martin Luther King Jr.
As its first recipient, you have chosen to honor - tonight and for eternity - His Late Majesty King Mohammed V, the revered hero not only to all Moroccans, but also to all peoples yearning for freedom and dignity all of which are deeply rooted in our time-honored identity, which is open to the whole world, an identity the Kingdom of Morocco has constantly nurtured by building on the rich, diverse components of its society", the Sovereign underlined in this message, read by HM the King's Advisor, Andr Azoulay.
Although the thirty-eight-year reign of King Hassan II is Hughes's principal focus, the book's best pages may well be the first hundred, which are devoted to the French protectorate, the independence movement, and Mohammed V
's postindependence rule.