The Duke of Sussex presented a special award at the NAACP ceremony over the weekend on behalf of Archewell, the company he co-founded with his wife, Meghan Markle.
The NAACP-Archewell Digital Civil Rights Award was given to The Markup CEO Nabiha Syed by Prince Harry and Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, via Zoom.
I was incredibly shocked and honored to receive this honor, especially since I hold the first recipient, Dr. Safiya Noble, in the highest regard. said Nabiha. Given the dedication to equality and justice held by both organizations, receiving recognition from the NAACP and Archewell is quite humbling.
We cannot deny that technology is the framework of our reality, particularly in light of the pandemic. This framework connects and informs us, but it can also exacerbate entrenched inequality and spread false information.
“Our current task is to push technology to work for everyone, not just the privileged few. Being able to stand with so many ardent digital rights activists who are fighting for a more just world is so humbling.
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stated: “We wanted to highlight and uplift people across the country who are improving the digital world when we founded this award with the NAACP. By utilizing her own experience to promote safer, more inclusive online communities, Nabiha Syed is doing just that.
“Nabiha and her team are bringing awareness to some of the most pressing issues of our time, empowering us all to reclaim some of our most fundamental freedoms: truth, safety, and choice,” they continued. She is an inspiration to both of us and countless others, and we are honored to support her vital work.
The prize is intended to honor young people who are advancing social justice causes. Nabiha Syed’s new venture is a non-profit journalism start-up that examines how big businesses use technology. She was previously Vice President and Associate General Counsel at BuzzFeed.
On Saturday night in Los Angeles, the award presentations took place. Filmmaker Gina Prince-Bythewood, who won for helming The Woman King, was among the other winners.
While Niecy Nash-Betts won the prize for best actress in a TV movie, limited series, or dramatic special for Ryan Murphy’s Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, which was a big hit for Netflix, Angela Bassett received recognition for her leading role in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The actress dedicated her award to the character Glenda Cleveland, saying: “She was unseen, that if we had listened if the people who were supposed to listen who were in power hadn’t listened to her, so many lives would have been saved.
“I am incredibly appreciative to be honored by people who resemble me. I’m so appreciative that you still support me and didn’t give up on me. And that this recognition demonstrates that my talent is independent of where I live.
Along with his writing partner Joe Robert Cole, Ryan Coogler was recognized for their work on Wakanda Forever with a prize for outstanding writing.