Black Lives Matter Protests Comprise the Largest Social Movement in U.S. History

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On October 14, 2020, a group gathered in London, England’s Brixton neighborhood to honor George Floyd with a candlelight vigil. October 14 marks what would have been Floyd’s 47th birthday had he not been murdered by police in May 2020. Since then, folks around the world have gathered in unprecedented numbers not just to honor Floyd’s memory, but also to show their support for standing against police brutality and dismantling white supremacy in all its iterations.

Now, a few months into 2021, the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Norwegian MP Petter Eide, who nominated the global movement, stated that, "BLM's call for systemic change [has] spread around the world, forcing other countries to grapple with racism within their own societies." In the wake of the nomination, the Black Lives Matter movement tweeted, "People are waking up to our global call: for racial justice and an end to economic injustice, environmental racism, and white supremacy. We're only getting started."