Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams has been selected as a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. Norwegian parliament member Lars Haltbrekken announced the Democrat’s nomination on Monday (Feb. 1).
”Abrams’ work follows in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights,” said Haltbrekken, per Reuters. “Abrams’ efforts to complete King’s work are crucial if the United States of America shall succeed in its effort to create fraternity between all its peoples and a peaceful and just society.”
After losing a gubernatorial race in 2018, Abrams launched her Fair Fight organization and centered her focus on fighting voter suppression, helping to register thousands of voters over the last few years. When the results of the presidential election started rolling in, many praised her for her role in helping Georgia — a traditionally red state — turn blue for the first time in 28 years.
Despite placing her energy on voting rights activism, Abrams still has dreams to become the governor of Georgia. She is reportedly planning her second gubernatorial run in 2022 — a move GOPs are trying to prevent with their “Stop Stacey” group, which is intended to stop her future campaign.
Abrams joins the Black Lives Matter movement, whose Nobel Peace Prize nomination was announced over the weekend. “To carry forward a movement of racial justice and to spread that to other countries is very, very important. Black Lives Matter is the strongest force today doing this, not only in the U.S. but also in Europe and in Asia,” Norweigian member of parliament Petter Eide told USA Today.
“We hold the largest social movement in global history. Today, we have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize,” the Black Lives Matter account tweeted after learning of their nomination. “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.”