The “Black Lives Matter” movement was nominated for their fight against racism, police brutality, and other injustices against people of color and Black people by Norwegian MP Petter Eide on Jan. 29.
The “Black Lives Matter” movement is a historical and monumental initiative that seems to have set our social norms on fire andhighlighted injustices against Black and brown people not just in America, but throughoutthe world.
This movement and organization earned the Nobel Peace Prize nomination and will forever be an inspirational part of Black history.
The movement’s official Twitter account, @Blklivesmatter, tweeted, “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.”
This recognitionis rightfully earned by the profound leaders and organizers of the Black Lives Matter movement. This initiative wouldn’thave been as prolific if it was not for the people who stood on the frontlines to protest and fight against the dehumanization of Black bodies.
Co-founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Temi of the Black Lives Matter movement should be recognizedfor their organization and creation of the movement. These three women have madestrides within political arenasto uphold the basic human rights of Black and brown people and to hold those accountable who violate those rights, whether they are law enforcement or not.
Some have been vocal about wanting the founders to be specifically acknowledged.
@mekkaokereke tweeted, “Nominating ‘Black Lives Matter’for the Nobel peace prize, is as silly as nominating ‘The entire state of Kansas,’or ‘the whole industry of cabinet making.’The movement was started by 3 Black women. Nominate *them*. Alicia Garza. Patrisse Cullors. Opal Tometi.”
19-year-old, Oluwatoyin Salau, a Tallahassee protester and one of the speakers of the Black Lives Matter movement should be one of the individuals honoredfor her activism and courage, and to commemorate her life.She exemplified a leadership that hassparked other young people to act.
The “Black Lives Matter” movement in itself is Black history. The Nobel Peace Prize would bewell deserved.