Petter Eide, the Norwegian Member of Parliament, has nominated the Black Lives Matter movement for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, praising its global and all-inclusive call-to-action against racial injustice in the U.S. and worldwide.
The movement shared the announcement on their Twitter account with the following statement: “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.”
In his statement, the Norwegian MP shared that: “Awarding the peace prize to Black Lives Matter, as the strongest global force against racial injustice, will send a powerful message that peace is founded on equality, solidarity and human rights, and that all countries must respect those basic principles.” And though the Norwegian Nobel Committee doesn’t disclose the nominees or the nominators, the nominators can choose to announce their picks, which is what happened in this situation. Since the nominations were due by February 1, the winners will be chosen in October, followed by the prestigious award ceremony in December.
This is such a huge win already for the Black Lives Matter movement, that has been at work for years now. It’s about time for such global social movements to have the centerstage, and we can’t think of a better way to kickstart Black History Month.