February 8, 2021

Black Lives Matter Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Today we honor the Black Lives Matter movement, which was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize, for its struggle against racism and racially motivated violence.


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Norwegian MP Petter Eide concluded his nomination: “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.” The Black Lives Matter movement was co-founded in 2013 by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, in response to the acquittal in the U.S. of the man who shot Trayvon Martin.

It’s Black History Month, and we’re very excited to use our platform to spotlight the many contributions from people of color, ranging from creators to politicians to sports figures to social justice advocates and more. This month, keep an eye on GALE as we curate stories and highlight the changemakers who are pushing boundaries and making history happen as we speak.