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Black Lives Matter Is Awarded the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize

Black Lives Matter Is Awarded the 2017 Sydney Peace Prize

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

READ MORE: Black Lives Matter Awarded 2017 Sydney Peace Prize | US News | The Guardian

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



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JoAnn Chateau

JoAnn Chateau likes progressive politics and loves the canines. She writes fiction about an alpha Bichon named Chester, and his friends--with a dash of humor and a dab of poli-sci. JoAnn worked professionally in the Psychology and Information Science fields. Retired now, she enjoys the creative life.


  1. Linda Mims

    Maybe one day America will affirm this movement with a meaningful award. Until then, all we can hope is that detractors will stop with the foolish refrain, “All Lives Matter”. Of course they do. That’s the point!

    • JoAnn Chateau

      Well put. Thanks for commenting, Linda. Our nation needs an amends/healing program that starts with admitting the racist wrongs we have committed.

      I’m awaiting the Lynching Memorial in Atlanta, which should open some time in 2018. Like Black Lives Matter, it should help point us in the right direction.

      • Linda Mims

        Thank you for this video JoAnn.


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