Prince Harry and Meghan Markle may no longer carry out royal duties overseas, but they are very committed to causes such as mental health and social justice in their own way, with the help of their Archewell Foundation . At the 53rd NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, February 26, this work was recognized with the NAACP President’s Award, which the Duke and Duchess of Sussex presented themselves in person to receive, joined by Meghan’s mother, Doria Ragland.
“It is inspiring to think of the legacy surrounding the Image Awards, which began shortly after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965,” Meghan said. “And today, we can continue that legacy by restoring federal voting protections to our country and doing the work of civil rights giants like the late John Lewis.”
In addition to accepting the award (whose past recipients include Rihanna, LeBron James and Muhammad Ali), Harry and Meghan also launched their own honour: the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, nominated for “leaders creating transformational change.” at the intersection of social justice and technology. Safiya Noble, who co-founded the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry and wrote Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism, received the inaugural award.
“This is the era of the digital justice movement,” Meghan said later in the speech. “We are proud to partner with the NAACP and each of you in translating the vital efforts of those who have gone before us into the modern challenges that lie before us.” She also gave a sweet shout out to her Ragland just before concluding, saying, “My mum is here with us tonight and we’re all very proud.”
The importance of Harry and Meghan’s appearance was not only in what they said, but also in what they wore. As Harper’s Bazaar reports, the Duke and Duchess wore black designer outfits: Harry in a tuxedo by Ozwald Boateng and Meghan in a vibrant blue “goddess-style” dress by Christopher John Rogers. We look forward to more appearances at the NAACP Image Awards in the years to come.