The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have received the prestigious President’s Award at the NAACP Image Awards over the weekend – and yes, this is kind of a big deal!
The couple was honoured for their philanthropic and social justice work including their efforts to tackle vaccine inequity during the COVID-19 pandemic, help young people living with HIV/AIDS, advocate for paid leave in the United States, fight for racial justice and provide hunger relief through their Archewell Foundation’s partnership with World Central Kitchen.
During their acceptance speech, Prince Harry and Meghan said they were “so deeply humbled” by the honour.
Harry also took a moment to acknowledge the people of Ukraine “who urgently need our continued support as a global community,” before sharing some words about Meghan:
“I think it’s safe to say that I come from a very different background from my incredible wife, yet our lives were brought together for a reason. We share a commitment to a life of service, a responsibility to combat injustice and a belief that the most often overlooked are the most important to listen to.”
Meghan followed his words by recalling the murder of George Floyd:
“For Black America, those nine minutes and 29 seconds transcended time, invoking centuries of our unhealed wounds. In the months that followed, as my husband and I spoke with the civil rights community, we committed ourselves and our organisation, Archewell, to illuminating those who are advancing racial justice and progress.”
Previous recipients of the President’s Award include Muhammad Ali, Rihanna, LeBron James and Condoleezza Rice.
The Duke and Duchess also announced a new honour at the NAACP Image Awards – in collaboration with their foundation, they’ve created the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Prize of $100,000 for innovators working at the intersection of technology and social justice.
The first recipient named was Safiya Noble, Ph.D., who’s written a study titled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism on the racial and gender biases internet search algorithms are programmed to reinforce.
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