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African Americans Prominent in Royal Wedding

At her wedding Saturday to Britain’s Prince Harry, American actress Meghan Markle revealed herself as a confident mixed-race woman who has set the tone of modern-day social acceptance for the royal family.

Markle’s wedding to the 33-year-old prince showcased a prominent representation of African-American participation. The charismatic Most Rev. Michael Curry, an African-American presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, delivered a rousing sermon on the power of love in which he quoted Martin Luther King Jr. while Markle’s mother Doria Ragland sat nearby in admiration.

Among the musical performers were The Kingdom Choir, a southeast England-based African-American gospel group who offered a majestic rendition of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me,” and Sheku Kanneh-Mason, a 19-year-old Black cellist and winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Award.

During the elaborate high-noon ceremony at London’s St. George’s Chapel, Markle, 36, looking radiant in a bold yet simplistic boat neck Givenchy gown, strode alone halfway down the aisle to where she was then led to the altar by Prince Harry’s father, Prince Charles.

The new couple is now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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Dorothy Rowley – Washington Informer Staff Writer

I knew I had to become a writer when at age nine I scribbled a note to my younger brother’s teacher saying I thought she was being too hard on him in class. Well, the teacher immediately contacted my mother, and with tears in her eyes, profusely apologized. Of course, my embarrassed mother dealt with me – but that didn’t stop me from pursuing my passion for words and writing. Nowadays, as a “semi-retiree,” I continue to work for the Washington Informer as a staff writer. Aside from that, I keep busy creating quirky videos for YouTube, participating in an actor’s guild and being part of my church’s praise dance team and adult choir. I’m a regular fixture at the gym, and I like to take long road trips that have included fun-filled treks to Miami, Florida and Jackson, Mississippi. I’m poised to take to the road again in early 2017, headed for New Orleans, Louisiana. This proud grandmother of two – who absolutely adores interior decorating – did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Union University and graduate work at Virginia State University.

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