The movement for racial justice and equality #Black Lives Matter — which was revived May last year by the violent death of African-American George Floyd at the hands of white police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a Norwegian parliamentarian, Petter Eide.
Founded in 2013 in the United State by three queer African-American women (Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi) the movement has taken on an even more powerful global force — seeing a collective Afro consciousness awakening worldwide as it pertains to the rights and human dignities of black people of African descent in every sphere of society.
#Black Lives Matter has called on many institutions around the world to demand change and better ethnic representation — opening up many conversations on the lingering effects of Europe’s colonisation of Africa, the Trans-Atlantic slave trade and the consequential racism that permeates all aspects of society around the world.
Tens of thousands of people (parliamentarians and ministers of all nationalities, former laureates, some university professors, etc.) are eligible to submit a Nobel Peace Prize nomination before the January 31 deadline.
We hold the largest social movement in global history. 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 ✊? pic.twitter.com/xjestPNFzC
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) January 30, 2021
The Nobel Prize will be awarded at the beginning of October. The World Food Programme (WFP) won the honour last year.