The Black Lives Matter group has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.
Norwegian parliament member Petter Eide introduced Friday (Jan. 29) that he nominated the group to underscore the hyperlink between the battle for racial justice and peace, USA Today stories.
“To hold ahead a motion of racial justice and to unfold that to different international locations may be very, essential,” Eide informed the information outlet in an interview Saturday. “Black Lives Matter is the strongest drive immediately doing this, not solely within the U.S. but in addition in Europe and in Asia.”
He added that it shouldn’t be uncommon to hyperlink the battle for racial justice with peace.
Eide additional defined his Black Lives Matter nomination and shared the significance of awarding the group.
“Awarding the peace prize to Black Lives Matter, because the strongest international drive in opposition to racial injustice, will ship a robust message that peace is based on equality, solidarity and human rights, and that each one international locations should respect these primary rules,” Eide concluded in his written nomination, in accordance with The Guardian.
Black Lives Matter responded to the nomination on Twitter shortly after the announcement.
“We maintain the biggest social motion in international historical past,” the group tweeted Jan. 29. “Right now, we have now been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Individuals are waking as much as our international name: for racial justice and an finish to financial injustice, environmental racism, and white supremacy. We’re solely getting began.”
Nominations shall be accepted by means of Monday (Feb. 1) and The Norweigan Nobel Committee will choose a winner in October. An award ceremony is presently scheduled for Dec. 10, PEOPLE writes.