The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize by Petter Eide, a representative of the Socialist Left Party in the Norwegian Parliament.
"Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement to fight racial injustice," Eide said. "They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice."
"They have been able to mobilize people from all groups of society, not just African-Americans, not just oppressed people, it has been a broad movement, in a way which has been different from their predecessors."
Black Lives Matter was founded by Alicia Garza, Opal Tometi, and Patrisse Cullors in 2013 after the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Since then, the organization has become a global network with over 40 chapters.
Alfred Nobel, the namesake of the Nobel Peace Prize, described the qualifications for the award in his will. Nobel desired for annual prizes to be given "into five equal parts."
"The interest is to be divided into five equal parts and distributed as follows: ... one part to the person who has done the most or best to advance fellowship among nations, the abolition or reduction of standing armies, and the establishment and promotion of peace congresses," Nobel said.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner will be chosen in October, with the award ceremony scheduled for December 10, 2021.