Voting rights activist Stacey Abrams has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Abrams and her organization Fair Fight Action were integral in boosting Black voter turnout in Georgia this election cycle and helping President Biden win the US presidency.
“Abrams’ work follows in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s footsteps in the fight for equality before the law and for civil rights,” Lars Haltbrekken, a Socialist Party member of Norway’s parliament, said while announcing her nomination.
Abrams made history in Georgia in 2018 as the first Black woman gubernatorial nominee of a major political party, narrowly losing by less than 55,000 votes out of nearly 4 million cast.
In addition to Abrams, this year’s contenders include the group Black Lives Matter, former President Donald Trump, former White House adviser Jared Kushner, Russian politician Alexei Navalny, climate activist Greta Thunberg and WikiLeaks.
The last U.S. winner of the Nobel Peace Prize was former President Obama in 2009.