The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize. A Norwegian Member of Parliament nominated the global movement “for their struggle against racism and racially motivated violence,” he wrote in his official nomination papers.
The Black Lives Matter protest movement, rekindled in the days after an unarmed George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis last May, continues to shine a light on what it calls systemic racism and police brutality from America’s small towns to its urban centers.
The group, which started with a hashtag in 2012 after the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, has grown into a social juggernaut. It changed the way people talk about police brutality and inequality.
While there is no way to know exactly how large the movement has become, the organization branched out with chapters all over the world and held rallies, boycotts and other actions across the United States.