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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle set to receive NAACP award for racial justice work

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend the NAACP Awards on Saturday where they will receive the prestigious President’s Awards to mark their special achievement for “distinguished public service”.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who live in Montecito, Calif., join Muhammad Ali, Rihanna, LeBron James, Bill Clinton and Venus and Serena Williams to land the top gong.

The ceremony is their first major Hollywood event since stepping down as royals, and will see them rub shoulders with host Anthony Anderson and dozens of stars.

“It is a true honor to be recognized by President Derrick Johnson and the NAACP, whose efforts to promote racial justice and civil rights are as vital today as they were nearly 115 years ago. years,” the couple said in a statement.

“We are proud to support the work of the NAACP and also partner with the organization for the new annual NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, which will be presented to Dr. Safiya Noble as part of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards.”

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will attend the NAACP Awards on Saturday where they will receive the prestigious President’s Awards to mark their special achievement for “distinguished public service”. They are pictured at the Salute To Freedom Gala at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum in November

The ceremony will take place in the US on Sunday and is available on BET UK on My5 from Monday.

“We are delighted to present this award to Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who have answered the call for social justice together and joined the fight for equity in the United States and across the world. world,” Derrick said. Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP.

“Not only do they continue to lead by example, but the Duke and Duchess are also determined to inspire the next generation of activists through the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, ensuring support and recognition for generations of future civil rights leaders.”

The NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, supported by the Archewell Foundation and administered by the NAACP, is a newly created annual award that recognizes leaders creating transformational change – at the intersection of social justice and technology – to make advance civil and human rights.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who live in Montecito, Calif., join Muhammad Ali, Rihanna, LeBron James, Bill Clinton and Venus and Serena Williams to land the top gong.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who live in Montecito, Calif., join Muhammad Ali, Rihanna, LeBron James, Bill Clinton and Venus and Serena Williams to land the top gong.

The inaugural 2022 recipient of the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award is renowned author and scholar Dr. Safiya Noble, who pioneered the study of how digital technologies intersect with culture, race and sex and previously worked with Harry at the Aspen Institute Think Tank to tackle “fake news”.

Who is Dr Safiya Noble?

Dr. Noble is an internet studies researcher and professor of gender studies and African American studies at UCLA, where she is co-founder and faculty director of the Center for Critical Internet Inquiry (C2i2) at UCLA. UCLA, partner of the Archewell Foundation.

In 2021, she was recognized as a MacArthur Fellow for her groundbreaking work on algorithmic discrimination, which allowed her to found Equity Engine, a nonprofit organization committed to creating the conditions for black women and women of color to s thrive through access to education. , investments, mentoring and mutual aid. She is the author of a best-selling book on racist and gender-based algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press), which has been widely acclaimed in scholarly publications and popular.

“Both at UCLA’s Center for Critical Internet Inquiry and the Equity Engine, we are working toward greater opportunity for vulnerable people,” said Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble. “Digital civil rights and protection from harm on the internet are a crucial pathway to a more just world, and I am grateful for the support of the NAACP and the Archewell Foundation for helping our efforts to create more compassionate societies. and democratic places where black women and women of color can also thrive.

The NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award aims to recognize long-time contributors to the digital rights space while supporting a new generation of visionaries working to increase equity, including issues related to discrimination, misinformation, privacy, anti-bias, limiting profiling and surveillance. , improve transparency, increase diversity in the technology sector, etc.

Each year, the winner will receive an unlimited stipend of $100,000 (£75,000) to be used to advance new work, develop leadership and expertise, or continue to make an impact in the field.

Prizes will include a performance by Mary J. Blige and guest appearances with Issa Rae, Kerry Washington, LL Cool J, Michael Strahan, Morgan Freeman, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Paula Patton, Questlove, Samuel L. Jackson, Simu Liu, Tiffany Haddish and Zendaya.

Harry and Meghan have previously spoken out about racial justice issues – including sharing their support for the Black Lives Matter movement while Meghan discussed her experience of racism within the royal family.

In 2020, Prince Harry revealed his “awakening” to the discrimination faced by black people after meeting his wife.

Meghan Markle has hailed the Black Lives Matter protests in America following the death of George Floyd as ‘beautiful’ – but said this only applied to ‘peaceful protests’ and admitted many people find them ‘incendiary’ “.

Speaking on Zoom to the Evening Standard, Harry also weighed in on Diversity BLM’s controversial dance routine on Britain’s Got Talent and said he was ‘surprised’ by the negative comments he had received.

In a separate article for the newspaper, the couple said: “As long as structural racism exists, there will be generations of young people of color who do not start their lives with the same equal opportunity as their white peers. And as long as this continues, the untapped potential will never be realized.

Asked about her thoughts on the BLM movement, Meghan acknowledged that it is a “different movement” in the US than in the UK.

“The impetus comes from a place of recognizing equality and if you just go back to its basic level, I don’t think there’s anything controversial about it,” he said. she stated.

“What has been incendiary for a lot of people is when any version of the community becomes disruptive.

“But when it’s just a peaceful protest and there’s the intention of just wanting unity and wanting recognition of equality, then that’s a beautiful thing.

“While it has been difficult for a lot of people to certainly have to make this calculation of historical significance that has brought people to where they are, it is uncomfortable for people and we recognize that. It’s uncomfortable for us.

She added: “If we just focus on uplift and positivity while acknowledging the past, that’s how we reshape things and it shouldn’t be inflammatory at all, it should be really exciting.”