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Mirroring Martin Luther King Jr., Stacey Abrams Has Been Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize

Former gubernatorial candidate for Georgia and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month, after she and her organization, Fair Fight Action, were credited with helping flip Georgia in favor of President Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election

Lars Haltbrekken, Norwegian politician, announced Abrams’ nomination on the first day of Black History Month, stating, “Abrams’ work follows in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights.” Abrams has been nominated for her work to “promote nonviolent change via the ballot box,” and Dr. King also won the prize in 1964 for his “nonviolent campaign against racism.”

Haltbrekken continued, “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.”

Beginning in 2014, Abrams fought against voter suppression through the New Georgia Project with the goal of registering Black voters for the midterm elections. After losing the 2018 gubernatorial race to Republican Brian Kemp, Abrams founded Fair Fight Action in order to continue her fight against voter suppression. 

Thank you Stacey Abrams and Black voters sign
Photo by Ron Cogswell distributed under a CC BY 2.0 license

Abrams is expected to announce another bid for governor and, if elected, would become the first Black woman governor of the state. 

The Nobel Peace Prize committee, based in Oslo, Norway, is expected to announce a “short list” of the winners for the prize next month. Other notable nominations include Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny and teen climate activist Greta Thunburg. 

Merry is a third-year political science & economics double major at Boston University. She is a former fashion merchandising major and hopes to work in editorial fashion, PR, or social media post-graduation while also focusing on the journalistic aspects of both her majors. She currently contributes to a number of publications while simultaneously working as an editor at Her Campus BU. Merry was also previously the managing editor of Her Campus at VCU and worked as an editorial intern for Her Campus Media. Contact her at [email protected] & @merry.nebiyu on Instagram.
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