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Today is Tuesday, February 2, 2021. Here’s what you need to know:

Good morning, 

The Black Lives Matter movement has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

Norwegian member of parliament Petter Eide nominated the movement for “their struggle against racism and racially motivated violence,” he wrote in the official nomination papers.

The Black Lives Matter movement began with a hashtag in 2012 after the shooting and death of Trayvon Martin in Florida. Since then, it has changed the way people talk about police brutality, inequality and racial justice.

The movement was rekindled days after George Floyd was killed by police in Minneapolis in May 2020. It continues to shine a light on systemic racism and police brutality across the country.

Online, supporters of the movement are using it to spread the message against police brutality and resources for people to support, and globally it’s being used to show solidarity with Black people and the fight for racial equality.

“BLM's call for systemic change has spread around the world, forcing other countries to grapple with racism within their own societies," Eide said.

The deadline for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize’s submission is Feb. 1. The winner will be chosen in October 2021, and the award ceremony is scheduled for Dec. 10. 

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