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3 Displays of Black Excellence At The Royal Wedding

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mother of Meghan, Duchess of Sussex Doria Ragland sitting down wearing green and a hat

The royal wedding has come and gone, but we imagine it will be the focus of pop culture for days and weeks to come. While everybody was gushing over the beautiful bride (she looked stuuuuuning!), we were gushing over these displays of black excellence that stole the show.

1. Reverend Michael Curry

The royals didn’t have to go to a black church, Rev. Michael Curry brought the black church to the royals. There was passion and fire in Curry’s American-style sermon which quoted Martin Luther King Jr. and made reference to slavery. The Reverend was the first black person to be elected presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church and made history again when he delivered his spirited address at the royal wedding.

Rev. Curry said, “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, ‘We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. Love is the only way.'”


2. Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason 

This 19-year old star Cellist was requested to play at the royal wedding by the bride herself after Prince Harry was impressed watching him perform in London last summer. His performance was nothing short of breathtaking. 

Sheku performed three pieces accompanied by an orchestra while Price Harry and Meghan signed the register. The young cellist was the first black musician to win the BBC Young Musician of the Year award back in 2016. 

3. The graceful black mother, Doria Ragland  

Doria sat alone in the second row and was overcome by emotions as she watched her daughter get married. She was the only one from Meghan’s side to attend the wedding. 

Her grace and strength through not just the scrutiny of the wedding but the cruel way she has been addressed in some British tabloids is a testament to the character of countless black mothers.