The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were guests of honour at the NAACP Image Awards. They not only show up, but are honored for their work in public service. The couple received the President's Award at the 53rd annual awards ceremony. It happened Saturday and the award was presented for her outstanding work and achievements in public service. The main emphasis is on race and social justice. Other recipients of these awards include Rihanna, LeBron James, Jay-Z, Muhammad Ali, Colin Powell and more.
When accepting the award, Meghan and Harry wore pieces by black designers. This is a special tribute to the event and all the work they do. Markle chose a blue ombré one-shoulder dress. It comes with a matching cape. The name behind the design is Christopher John Rogers. Prince Harry wore a black tuxedo by Ozwald Boateng.
In their acceptance speech, the couple mentioned the legacy and inspiration that the Image Award brings. It began shortly after the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. From then on, that legacy will live on by restoring our nation's federal election protections and the work of civil rights giants, including John Lewis' name. continue. They said they were honored to be among the many high-profile recipients and to work with them.
In their speech, the couple could not but talk about the current situation in Ukraine. Prince Harry addresses the public and audience. He shared and extended their support with brief messages. In their exposure, they came to recognize the Ukrainian people and said they needed their support as a global community. They thank the community for the rewards and warm welcome. Through their commitment to a life of service, they explain how they share the responsibility to fight injustice and believe that listening to the things that are most overlooked matters most.
Her incredible work can be seen through the 2020 launch of the Archwell Foundation. Along the way, they have supported various efforts such as the COVID-19 pandemic, Black Lives Matter, and various racial justice issues. Markle explained that they returned home shortly before George Floyd was killed. Especially those 9 minutes and 29 seconds left a wound that has not healed for hundreds of years.
Prince Harry and Markle also partnered with the NAACP to present a new annual award, the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award. It is supported by the Archewell Foundation and administered by the NAACP. The award is based on recognizing leaders who are creating transformative change, particularly at the intersection of technology and social justice, to advance ideas of citizenship and human rights.