A Norwegian legislature has nominated Black Lives Matter, the global movement for racial justice, for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2021.
In his nomination letter, Petter Eide, a socialist left member of the Norwegian Parliament in Storting, wrote that he had nominated Black Lives Matter “for their fight against racism and racially motivated violence”.
“The BLM’s call for systemic change has spread around the world, forcing other countries to grapple with racism in their own societies,” he continued.
The movement began after Trayvon Martin’s killer was acquitted in 2013 and peaked in 2020 following the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers, Eide wrote.
Eide cited Black Lives Matter’s “online platform to teach activists a set of common principles and goals.” The grassroots movement “embraces many views and a wide range of needs.”
Eide noted that the Nobel Committee awarded the Peace Prize twice to anti-racist South Africans – Albert Luthuli in 1960 and Nelson Mandela in 1993.
“The award of the Peace Prize to Black Lives Matter as the world’s strongest force against racial injustice will send a strong message that peace is based on equality, solidarity and human rights and that all countries must respect these basic principles,” said Eide.
“Sometimes the committee has been very brave,” Eide said via email to NBC News, referring to 1964 Peace Prize winner Martin Luther King Jr. and Liu Xiaobo, a Chinese dissident, the 2010 winner. Eide added that Black Lives Matter will be “among the favorites” when the winner is announced in December.