Stacey Abrams and Black Lives Matter Movement among nominees for Nobel Peace Prize.
What unites the world to bring attention to the most inhumane atrocities of mankind? A new generation of activists who made racism against African Americans and others into a global movement. There has been a paradigm shift in the movement for racial equality.
Stacey Abrams’s fight against voter suppression began in 2014, when she launched the New Georgia Project to get unregistered African Americans in Georgia signed up to vote in the midterm elections that year. Following a narrow defeat in the state’s 2018 gubernatorial race, Abrams continued her campaign to eliminate voter suppression in Georgia and around the country.
Abrams was nominated by Lars Haltbrekken, a Socialist Party politician in Norway’s Parliament who noted, “The first day of Black History Month in the United State is symbolic at a time this time, so I nominate Stacey Abrams, whose work follows in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights.”
Abrams and her organization Fair Fight Action were integral in increasing African American voter turnout in Georgia for the 2020 general election cycle, fulfilling a years-long effort that turned the red state of Georgia blue.
Haltbrekken added: “Abrams’s efforts to complete King’s work are crucial if the United States of America and shall succeed in its effort to create fraternity between all its peoples and a peaceful and just society.”
Black Lives Matter
The Black Lives Matter Movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. It is estimated that over 20 million Americans of all ethnicities have taken part in the grass-roots movement for racial justice, and millions more people have made their voices heard globally. Petter Eide, a member of the Norwegian Parliament, recognized the Black Lives Matter movement’s battle against racism by stating, “I find that one of the key challenges we have seen in America, but also in Europe and Asia, is the kind of increasing conflict based on inequality. Black Lives Matter has become a very important worldwide movement. They have had a tremendous achievement in raising global awareness and consciousness about racial injustice.”
Eide continued, “Awarding the peace prize to Black Lives Matter is the strongest global force against racial injustice. This movement 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 background of the Nobel Prize
On November 27, 1895, Alfred Nobel signed his third and last will at the Swedish-Norwegian Club in Paris. When it was opened and read after his death, the will caused controversy both in Sweden and internationally, as Nobel had left much of his wealth for the establishment of a prize.
Nobel was a renowned chemist, inventor of dynamite (and 355 other patented inventions), and a wealthy steel manufacturer who later manufactured cannons and other armaments. He reputedly had been unhappy with a premature obituary that condemned his work as an arms manufacturer. He instructed that much of his fortune was to be used to give prizes to those who have done their best for humanity in the fields of physics, chemistry, physiology, medicine, literature, and peace.
But his family opposed the establishment of the Nobel Prize, and the prize awarders he named refused to do what he had requested in his will. The first Nobel Prize would be awarded in 1901. Since then, nearly 1,000 Nobel Prizes have been awarded internationally: 934 to individuals (often in groups or teams) and 28 to organizations.