Stacey Abrams nominated for Nobel prize: US Democratic Party politician and voting rights activist Stacey Abrams has been nominated for 2021 Nobel Peace Prize for her work to promote change through the ballot box, said a Norwegian lawmaker.
Abrams’ work during the US elections in 2019 was noted as she helped to boost the voter turn-out and contributed in US President Joe Biden’s victory. Abrams has joined the long list of Nobel Prize nominees which includes the former US President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner.
Lars Haltbrekken, a Socialist party member of Norway said, “Abrams’ work follows in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s footsteps in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights.”
Martin Luther King was the leader of the civil rights movement in the 1960s in America and he won a Nobel Prize in 1964 for his work.
Haltbrekken also said 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.” Haltbrekken said.
Members of parliaments around the world and former winners of the noble laureate can nominate people for the prize and their nomination doesn’t count as an endorsement from the Nobel committee in Oslo. Russian activist, Alexei Navalny and climate change activist Greta Thunberg are also one of the nominated members’ list.
Along with Abrams, there are other candidates such Daniel Ellsberg who leaked the Pentagon Papers, US Congresswoman Barbara Lee, WikiLeaks and US Black Lives Matter Movement. In the past, the US Presidents who won the Nobel Prize are Theodore Roosevelt, Jimmy Carter, Woodrow Wilson, Barack Obama and former US vice-president Al Gore.
The winners of the 2021 Nobel Prize will be announced in October.
US Voting Rights Activist Stacey Abrams Gets Nominated For Nobel Peace Prize
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