Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to make Hollywood debut to receive award

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are set to make their first public appearance in Hollywood to receive an award for their social justice work.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will pick up the prestigious NAACP President's Award at the ceremony in California on Sunday.

The Image Awards honour outstanding performances in film, television, theatre, music, and literature by black and minority ethnic artists.

Harry and Meghan thanked the association in a joint statement: "It's a true honour to be recognised by President Derrick Johnson and the NAACP, whose efforts to propel racial justice and civil rights are as vital today as they were nearly 115 years ago."

The couple added: "We're proud to support the NAACP's work and to also partner with the organisation on the newly created annual NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, which will be bestowed to Dr Safiya Noble as part of the 53rd NAACP Image Awards."

The Sussexes' Archewell Foundation is supporting a new NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, which acknowledges leaders making "transformational change at the intersection of social justice and technology".

The first recipient of the Duke and Duchess endorsed award, Dr Safiya Noble, will receive $100,000 following her studies in digital technologies and how they intersect with culture, race, and gender.

Derrick Johnson, the president of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People praised the work the couple have achieved in the fight against racial inequality.

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He said: "We're thrilled to present this award to Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, who together have heeded the call to social justice and have joined the struggle for equity both in the US and around the world."

Mr Johnson continued: "Not only do they continue to lead by example, the Duke and Duchess have also decided to inspire the next generation of activists through the NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award, ensuring the support and recognition of generations of civil rights leaders to come."

At the ceremony, Mary J. Blige is set to follow her amazing Super Bowl medley with a special performance, while actors Kerry Washington, Zendaya and Morgan Freeman are just a few of the stars presenting honours at the A-List event.

The star-studded event will be one of the first of its kind that Harry, 37, and Meghan, 40, have been able to attend following their move to the States in March 2020.

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