Black Lives Matter Honored With ‘Peace Prize’

Amber Randall | Civil Rights Reporter

Black Lives Matter is set to receive a “peace award” to highlight the group’s work to bring about change in a non-violent way, a foundation announced Monday.

The Sydney Peace Foundation will give the award to the movement’s founders Patrisse Cullors, Opal Tometi and Alicia Garza in November, reports the Guardian.

Each year the organization tries to honor people who are “leading global voices that promote peace, justice and nonviolence,” the foundation explained. They chose Black Lives Matter because of the movement’s dedication to its “bold and visionary strategies,” the organization said.

“To turn a radically inclusive message into a rallying cry for millions of people requires vision, leadership, heart and courage. Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi and the many other Black Lives Matter leaders challenge us all to rethink, reimagine and reconstruct the societies we live in,” the foundation said about why they selected the Black Lives Matter movement.

The movement’s founders called the award a reminder that their movement is doing the right thing.

“The Sydney Peace Prize is an affirmation and reminds us that we are on a righteous path. Accepting this award is about our people on the ground striving for justice every single day,” Tometi, a co-founder of the movement, told the Guardian. “It’s truly meaningful to be recognized in this way.”

Black Lives Matter is most well-known for its protests against police brutality, though the movement focuses on other issues like transgenderism, globalism and affirming the gay community. The movement has also had violent protests done in its name, with one chapter calling to “fry” cops “like pigs in a blanket.”

Previous recipients of the award were thrilled that the movement was being honored as well.

“This is an inspired, bold and urgent choice – and it’s exactly what our moment of overlapping global crises demands,” Naomi Klein, a social activists who won the award last year, explained.

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