Ever since Meghan Markle became the Duchess of Sussex, she has shaken things up in the United Kingdom. Besides being an American and black, Meghan brings a sense of youth and excitement back to Royal life across the pond. But during a recent showing at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa, Meghan Markle earned a lot of newfound respect from the people at the roundtable discussion for inspiring women “partly because she is black.”
England, along with other European superpowers, led the slave trade in the previous centuries. Because they systematically subjugated Africans to the role of slavery across Europe and the New World – simply for the fact that they were black – Meghan Markle marks a potential turning point in world history. By becoming the first black member of the Royal Family, she marks a new sense of equality among the races on the global level. This is an inspiring thing for those who have been victimized and subjected to the horrible aftereffects of slavery across African and the rest of the world – including America.
Meghan Markle accepted an opportunity to speak at a roundtable discussion about increasing access to higher education at the University of Johannesburg. Following the event, the university’s vice-chancellor Tshilidzi Marwala offered up praise concerning the Duchess of Sussex.
When Meghan made the announcement that there would be new scholarships and grants available at the university, she humbly reached for her notes and said, “I will use note cards today, because, my goodness, this last bit I can’t screw up.”
Following the uplifting discussion, Meghan visited the Action Aid center, where she spoke about the horrible fact of gender-based violence. After that speech, she gave an eight-year-old girl a hug after she was given a bouquet of flowers.
While Meghan has been inspiring people across Africa, Harry has been making his engagements in Malawi. He will return to South Africa via a flight to be reunited with his beloved wife and their son Archie. He last saw them about a week ago while they were all in Cape Town, South Africa.
Following Meghan’s visit to the South African university, Professor Marwala said:
“Meghan will absolutely inspire women, partly because she is black.”
During the discussion, the male professor said, “If you want to feed a village, you have to empower women.”
By empowering women, entire communities can rise.
During the beginning of her tour of South Africa, the Duchess of Sussex described herself as a “woman of color,” which resonated with the African population. Until only a few decades ago, South Africa was under apartheid rule, and the white population oppressed the black population on the basis of the color of their skin. But thanks to leader Nelson Mandela, apartheid was ended, and South Africa has progressed greatly in the intervening years.
One student who heard Meghan speak was 19-year-old Samukelisiwa Nomusa Shognwe.
“I think she is a great person,” the teen said. “She has done so many things. She has contributed to society, especially to African society. She is very interested in playing a positive role by speaking about gender equality and gender abuse.”
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