Voting rights activist Stacey Abrams, whose advocacy is credited with Georgia’s vote for President Joe Biden within the 2020 election and for each of the state’s new Democratic senators in final month’s runoff, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.
Lars Haltbrekken, a Socialist Party member of Norway’s Parliament, stated in a press release Monday that he nominated Abrams as a result of her “work follows in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights.”
“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,” Haltbrekken stated, per Reuters.
Abrams didn’t reply to HuffPost’s request for remark.
Nominations for the excellence could also be submitted by elected officers, professors and sure others who meet “nomination criteria,” in keeping with the Nobel Peace Prize website. The Norwegian Nobel Committee selects recipients in October. The names of nominees aren’t formally disclosed for 50 years, however nominators can reveal who they’ve instructed.
In addition to Abrams, this 12 months’s contenders embrace the group Black Lives Matter, former President Donald Trump, former White House adviser Jared Kushner, Russian politician Alexei Navalny, local weather activist Greta Thunberg and WikiLeaks.
Abrams’ work boosting voter turnout has been extensively praised for flipping Georgia to Democrats within the presidential and Senate elections. She was the primary Black girl to turn out to be a Georgia gubernatorial nominee of both celebration in 2018, and a 12 months later turned the primary African American girl to ship a response to the State of the Union handle.
She was lately lauded because the “American dream” by musician Pharrell Williams, who credited her with an “incredible analysis of how you could engineer change.”
Of that reward, Abrams stated in an interview with People: “I have no right to victory. No politician running for office has the right to win, but as a citizen of Georgia, I had the right to make certain that the votes were counted, that the people who wanted to participate could.”
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