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How Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Archewell Foundation Celebrated Black History Month

The Archewell team had a group outing and shared recommendations for ways to mark the month around the country

<p>Mike Coppola/Getty</p> Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the Ripple of Hope Gala on Dec. 6, 2022

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry at the Ripple of Hope Gala on Dec. 6, 2022

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Archewell Foundation honored Black History Month with a group outing.

A new post on the Archewell Foundation website marked Black History, sharing that the team visited a photo exhibit chronicling the Civil Rights movement in Los Angeles.

The update came below the banner “AWF Celebrates Black History Month,” and began, “During Black History Month, The Archewell Foundation continued to celebrate the many Black leaders and changemakers who have made a significant global impact on policy, culture, and society. During a recent team visit to the Skirball Cultural Center to the powerful exhibit ‘This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement,’ we were reminded once again of the enduring spirit of those who fought tirelessly for justice and equality, and of the profound impact that individuals can have in shaping a more equitable and inclusive future.”

<p>Karwai Tang/WireImage</p> Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Invictus Games One Year To Go Event on February 14, 2024 in Whistler, Canada.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Invictus Games One Year To Go Event on February 14, 2024 in Whistler, Canada.

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“At The Archewell Foundation, we will continue to listen, learn, and uplift,” it continued. “If you are interested in ways to do the same, here are a few additional spaces across the U.S. we recommend,” sharing a list of other hubs for further learning.

It also linked out to blackhistorymonth.gov as a resource for more ways to get engaged.

According to the Skirball Cultural Center’s website, “This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement” was on view from October 2023 until Sunday.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shown support for Black History Month before and called for the end of “structural racism” in a joint interview in October 2020. Black History Month is celebrated in the U.K. each October, and the conversation marked the couple’s first interview with a British outlet since stepping back from their royal roles and relocating to Meghan’s home state of California earlier that year.

<p>Getty</p> Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games Dusseldorf on September 16, 2023 in Duesseldorf, Germany.

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex during the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games Dusseldorf on September 16, 2023 in Duesseldorf, Germany.

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Speaking to the Evening Standard, Prince Harry spoke about his “awakening” to the lack of opportunities for people of color since he met his wife Meghan, who is biracial.

“Because I wasn’t aware of so many of the issues and so many of the problems within the U.K. and also globally as well. I thought I did, but I didn’t," he said over a Zoom call from the couple's home.

“You know, when you go into a shop with your children and you only see white dolls, do you even think: ‘That’s weird, there is not a black doll there?’ And I use that as just one example of where we as white people don’t always have the awareness of what it must be like for someone else of a different colored skin, of a black skin, to be in the same situation as we are where the world that we know has been created by white people for white people," he continued.

Earl Gibson III/NAACP Prince Harry, Doris Hancox, Anthony Anderson, Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland at the 2022 NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.
Earl Gibson III/NAACP Prince Harry, Doris Hancox, Anthony Anderson, Meghan Markle and Doria Ragland at the 2022 NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles.

In February 2022, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex appeared on stage at the NAACP Image Awards in L.A. to accept the President's Award in recognition of special achievement and distinguished public service. Past recipients of the honor include Muhammad Ali, Jesse Jackson, Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice, LeBron James and Rihanna.

Through the couple's Archewell Foundation, which they launched in 2020, Prince Harry and Meghan have supported efforts to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic and focused their attention on the Black Lives Matter movement and fighting for racial justice.

During the couple's speech, Prince Harry thanked the Black community for "welcoming me so warmly," while Meghan, who brought her mom Doria Ragland to the awards show, said she "couldn't be prouder."

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also shared the first winner of the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award: Dr. Safiya Noble, cofounder of the UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, scholar, author and advocate. One year later, the prize was awarded to Nabiha Syed, the CEO of The Markup, a nonprofit news publication focused on the impact of technology on society.

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently made a trip to Canada for the Invictus Games Vancouver Whistler 2025's One Year to Go events, counting down to the next edition of the adaptative sports tournament Prince Harry founded for wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans in 2014.

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