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Young protesters take part in a Black Lives Matter march, Saturday, April 15, 2017, in Seattle. Several thousand people attended a downtown rally and then marched to the federal courthouse to call attention to minority rights and police brutality. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

The Black Lives Matter movement was awarded a global peace prize


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."

Some see the group as stoking racial tension rather than healing it. 

Others are happy the group is being recognized for its efforts. 

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