UK’s Harry and Meghan win NAACP President’s Award for Public Service

Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle appear on stage during the Global Citizen Live 2021 concert at Central Park in New York, U.S., September 25, 2021. REUTERS/Caitlin Ochs/File Photo

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NEW YORK, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will receive the NAACP’s highest honor for distinguished public service, the civil rights organization announced on Thursday.

The couple, who started the Archewell charitable foundation after stepping down from royal duties and moving to the Los Angeles area, were due to receive the prestigious President’s Award during a live stream of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards on Saturday, the group said. .

Past honorees include Jesse Jackson, Condoleeza Rice, Muhammad Ali and Colin Powell, among other key African-American figures in US history. The most recent winners include sports and entertainment personalities such as LeBron James, Rihanna and Shawn “JAY-Z” Carter.

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Archewell and the NAACP have also partnered to create a new civil rights award whose first recipient is Dr. Safiya Noble, a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, known for her studies of the intersection of digital technologies with the culture, race and gender.

“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,” Price Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, said in a statement.

Noble will be the first recipient of the annual award, which includes an unlimited stipend of $100,000 to be used to advance new work or develop leadership and expertise in the field.

A 2021 MacArthur Fellow, Noble’s book “Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism” examines racist and sexist algorithmic biases in commercial search engines.

“Digital civil rights and protection from harm on the internet are a crucial pathway to a fairer world,” Noble said in a statement. “We are working towards greater opportunities for vulnerable people.”

The show airing Saturday features a performance by Mary J. Blige and appearances by Kerry Washington, LL Cool J, Morgan Freeman, Questlove, Samuel L. Jackson, Tiffany Haddish and others.

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Written by Barbara Goldberg in New York

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