TEDWomen Update: Black Lives Matter Wins Sydney Peace Prize

06/15/2017 03:54 pm ET Updated Jun 18, 2017

Last month, the Black Lives Matter movement was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize, a global prize that honors those who pursue “peace with justice.”

Past honorees include South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Irish President Mary Robinson and Vandana Shiva.

The prize “recognizes the vital contributions of leading global peacemakers, creates a platform so that their voices are heard, and supports their vital work for a fairer world.” Winners receive $50,000 to help them continue their work.

This year's TEDWomen conference (registration is open), which will be held in New Orleans Nov. 1-3, 2017, will continue to expand on many of the themes Garza, Cullors and Tometi and Mia Birdsong touched on during their conversation at TEDWomen 2016. This year's conference theme will be BRIDGES. We'll be looking at how Individuals and organizations create bridges between races, cultures, people, and places — and, as modeled by the Black Lives Matter movement, how we build bridges to a more equal and just world.

In announcing the award, the Sydney Peace Foundation said, "This is the first time that a movement and not a person has been awarded the peace prize — a timely choice. 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." Founders Garza, Cullers and Tometi will travel to Australia later this year to formally accept the prize.

Congratulations to them!

(L-R) Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, are interviewed by Mia Bi
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(L-R) Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, founders of the Black Lives Matter movement, are interviewed by Mia Birdsong at TEDWomen 2016 - It's About Time, October 26-28, 2016, Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts, San Francisco, California.
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