Black Lives Matter Has Been Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize
Last week, the organization Black Lives Matter was nominated by Norwegian Parliament member Petter Eide for this year's Nobel Peace Prize.
The organization took to Twitter to discuss the nomination and how their fight for justice is just getting started. "We hold the largest social movement in global history," they tweeted. "Today, we have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. People are waking up to our global call: for racial justice and an end to economic injustice, environmental racism, and white supremacy. We're only getting started."
Eide spoke to USA Today about his decision to nominate Black Lives Matter because of the impact they have had on the world. "To carry forward a movement of racial justice and to spread that to other countries is very, very important," he said. "Black Lives Matter is the strongest force today doing this, not only in the U.S. but also in Europe and in Asia."
"For the Nobel Prize Committee, this is not unusual to link a fight for [racial] justice, to link that with peace," he added. "There will be no peace without justice."
The Norweigan Nobel Committee is expected to come up with a shortlist in March; the winner will be selected in October followed by an award ceremony on December 10.
Black Lives Matter was founded by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza, and Opal Tometi in 2013, after George Zimmerman was acquitted for the death of Trayvon Martin.
Last year, the organization kickstarted nationwide protests against police brutality and systemic racism after the death of George Floyd. Cullors, Garza, and Tometi were subsequently on TIME's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.