Voting rights activist and former Georgia Representative, Stacey Abrams, has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her work promoting nonviolent change via the ballot box.
Lars Haltbekken, a member of the Socialist Party of Norway’s parliament, told Reuters that Abrams’ work “follows in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights.”
Abrams is the first woman to lead a political party in the Georgia General Assembly, additionally being the first African-American to lead in the House of Representatives. She follows Dr. King’s legacy, who won the Nobel prize in 1964 in recognition of his leadership and commitment to achieving racial justice through nonviolent action.
Abrams rallied for voter turnout during the presidential election, helping the democratic candidate, Joe Biden, win the presidency. However, she is not the only one on the list. So is the former, twice impeached president, Donald Trump, and his son-in-law, who was previously the White House adviser, Jared Kushner.
Haltbekken went on to say that, “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.”
Selena Gomez, who has worked with Abrams throughout 2020, took to Twitter to celebrate.
“So excited for my friend @staceyabrams!” Gomez replied to the news via Twitter on Tuesday (Feb. 2). “Well deserved!”
— Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) February 2, 2021
Members from the government throughout the world, as well as those who’ve previously won the prize, are the ones in charge of the nomination process.
Among the other candidates nominated this year are the climate activist Greta Thunberg, U.S. Black Lives Matter movement, Daniel Ellsberg, who leaked the “Pentagon Papers” about the Vietnam War, and United States Congresswoman Barbara Lee.