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Black Lives Matter Movement Awarded Peace Prize in Australia

International

Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 11/3/2017, 11:58 a.m.

The Black Lives Matter movement was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize for its work highlighting America's race issues on Thursday (Nov. 2). In a room full of Sydney, Australia, citizens and community leaders, the audience clapped, cheered and chanted “Black Lives they matter here” as movement leaders Patrisse Cullors, Rodney Diverlus, and Dawn Modkins accepted the award. “It is our duty to fight for our freedom. It is our duty to win. We must love each other and support each other. We have nothing to lose but our chains,” Cullors, a co-founder of the group said after receiving the award, reports NBC News. The group was awarded the prize “for building a powerful movement for racial equality, courageously reigniting a global conversation around state violence and racism,” the Sydney Peace Foundation, a body within the University of Sydney, said in a statement. This is the first time the foundation has given the award to an organization. In the past, the prize has been bestowed on individuals such as South Africa’s Archbishop Desmond Tutu.