(NNPA Newswire) – Both Stacey Abrams and the Black Lives Matter movement have been nominated to win the Nobel Peace Prize, representing an opportunity for even more support for their causes around the globe.
By Lauren Victoria Burke, NNPA Newswire Contributor
The Nobel Prizes have been given out since 1901 and were started by Swedish industrialist and inventor Alfred Nobel. Prizes are given out for distinguished work in chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine and literature.
There have been many controversies around the Peace Prize, and a win by Abrams or Black Lives Matter would likely extend the line of controversies. Past winners have included the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1964), Nelson Mandela (1993), President Barack Obama (2009), Kofi Annan (2001) and Jimmy Carter (2002).
“Stacey Abrams political activist, voter registration & voting rights advocate has set a national standard for democracy. Her political activism has resulted in a nomination for a Nobel Prize. She deserves it & would become an even bigger voting rights, VR & democracy champion,” wrote the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. on Twitter.
The news of the Abrams nomination arrived on the same day that Georgia Republicans launched a “Stop Stacey” group. The group was created to support current Georgia Governor Brian Kemp in his expected re-match against Democrat Stacey Abrams. The race will be in 2022.
The defeat of former U.S. Senator Kelly Loeffler to Rev. Raphael Warnock demonstrated the strength of the Black vote in Georgia. Even before Abrams announced whether she’ll run again, the campaign’s formation is a sign of deep concern among Republicans about the threat she poses next year to the first-term governor.
Abrams’ efforts were so noticeable and the turnaround from red to blue in Georgia so pronounced that Donald Trump brought her up during his effort to flip the general election results in Georgia to his favor.
Black Lives Matter was nominated by Norwegian MP Petter Eide, who cited their “struggle against racism and racially motivated violence,” in his official nomination papers, according to CNN.
“BLM’s call for systemic change have spread around the world, forcing other countries to grapple with racism within their own societies,” he said.
The movement, which advocates for social and racial justice and equity, was launched after the shooting death of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Florida in 2012.
The recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize will be announced in October.
Lauren Victoria Burke is an independent journalist for NNPA and the host of the podcast BURKEFILE. She is also a political strategist as Principal of Win Digital Media LLC. She may be contacted at LBurke007@gmail.com and on twitter at @LVBurke