For all of those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom, we SALUTE YOU. Memorial Day is about the dead. Those who did not come home. Those who fought and died. We SALUTE your great sacrifice.
-Carole Copeland Thomas
Lessons In The New World Of Real Global Diversity
By Carole Copeland Thomas
A biracial American actress brings her blackness to her wedding.
Unashamed and proud to be both black and white. Divorced once, but wise beyond her years. And now a declared feminist, as announced on the royal website. A woman who loves her father, despite the last-minute controversies that kept him from walking her down the aisle. A woman deeply connected to her mother who was by her side throughout the ups and downs of her young life.
Her loving Prince embraces the edginess and the elegance of his new cross cultural American family.
His twenty-one-year journey of finally grieving the death of his beloved mother, Diana, can now be shared with the world. Yes, he’s had his foolish escapades, but now this woman gives him reason to settle down, settle in, love intently, and give back to the world.
A call and response black Bishop from Chicago who raises the rafters of St. George’s Chapel like no other. He articulates the power of love, equating it to fire that speaks to our spiritual and earthly soul. Some squirm with his call and response style of preaching. Others smile. Those of us from the African diaspora do the holy dance around our television sets and declare it a #blackroyalwedding.
An elegant black British gospel choir ignites the audience with their melodious rendition of “Stand By Me.” They further elevate the musical celebration with choruses of “Amen” and “This Little Light Of Mine” as the newly married couple jubilantly leave the chapel. It feels like home to me. Even though it’s thousands of miles away.
A compelling and talented 19-year-old cellist captivates the crowd. He performs three moving numbers, and the tears well up in my eyes. My college memories as a classically trained voice major pop up in my head, and I am pulling for this gifted young artist to transform the worldwide audience with every note his plays. I am so captivated by him, I research his family and learn that every one of the seven brothers and sisters is classically trained and championed by their parents. Those in Sierra Leone and Antigua, the ancestral home of his parents are also doing a holy dance to his amazing performance.
None of this was done by chance. All of the pomp and circumstance of this never before witnessed black British wedding was intentional. Even look at the coordination of Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan's mother, Doria Ragland. Both wore pale green outfits.
The House of Windsor is changed forever. The Duke of Sussex adoringly loves his Duchess. And the Duchess equally adoringly loves her Duke.
And we love them both.
Love has overshadowed hate, violence, crime and political nonsense, at least for a moment in time with this fairy tale story of cross cultural romance.
It’s a wake-up call to the world. A chance for us to see what real love, friendship, and diversity look like. It’s a signal that multiculturalism is here to stay, and the nearly 31 years I have spent on this journey as a diversity professional is taking root in places like The House of Windsor.
It was a weekend wedding that yielded hope, possibility, and progress.
Let the church say, Amen.
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Carole Copeland Thomas is a 27 year speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in global diversity, empowerment, multiculturalism and leadership issues.