Human rights group Black Lives Matter has been honored with the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize. The prize will be officially awarded to Black Lives Matter founders Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi at the official award ceremony on November 2, 2017. At that time, the three women will deliver the City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture.
“The human rights movement Black Lives Matter has won this year’s Sydney Peace Prize. The movement – which will be honoured in Sydney in November – was founded in the US by Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi after the 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman, who had been accused of murdering black teenager Trayvon Martin.
Each year the Sydney Peace Foundation honours a nominee who has promoted “peace with justice”, human rights and nonviolence. Past recipients include…”
~ Calla Wahlquist
Below, the three founders tell us the remarkable story of how #BlackLivesMatter began. This exceptional video was created by documentary filmmaker Sabrina Schmidt Gordon.
“The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter is deceptively simple but carries a profound message. It is at once an unapologetic affirmation and a scathing condemnation. When we say “Black Lives Matter,” we assert our dignity and humanity; but to have to say it is a damning critique of the anti-Black racism in American society that persists in denying us both.” ~ Sabrina Schmidt Gordon