The Black Lives Matter movement will receive a global peace prize from the Sydney Peace Foundation at a ceremony in Sydney in November, Newsweek reported.
The award will specifically highlight the work of the founding leaders of the activist network, Patrisse Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi.
Past honorees of the award include South African civil rights activist Desmond Tutu, philosopher Noam Chomsky, and former Irish President Mary Robinson.
"This is the first time that a movement and not a person has been awarded the peace prize -- a timely choice," the Sydney Peace Foundation said when announcing the award. "Climate change is escalating fast, increasing inequality and racism are feeding divisiveness, and we are in the middle of the worst refugee crisis since World War II. Yet many establishment leaders across the world stick their heads in the sand or turn their backs on justice, fairness and equality."
Black lives matter was award a peace award. What a freaking joke, next we should give it to ISIS.— Jeff weatherman (@JeffWeatherman) May 31, 2017
Some see the group as stoking racial tension rather than healing it.
Excellent they deserve that award unlike white supremacist and Nazis; 'Black Lives Matter', March about understanding not racist hatred— Ganymedess (@kitazanit) May 30, 2017
Others are happy the group is being recognized for its efforts.