Bishop Michael Bruce Curry Quotes MLK During Prince Harry & Meghan Markle’s Royal Wedding
No one could deny the blackness that permeated throughout St. George’s Chapel as Bishop Michael Bruce Curry delivered a rousing sermon before Harry and Meghan said “I do.”
In what’s being hailed as the blackest wedding ever for a royal monarchy, this morning’s ceremony found Prince Harry, Meghan Markle, and all of the world watching as Bishop Michael Bruce Curry delivered a passionate message just before the couple said “I do.” With a black gospel choir singing Ben E. King’s 1961 classic “Stand By Me,” and a stirring performance from award-winning cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Curry was the icing on the cake as he burst with energy that cause the attendees to react in a myriad of ways.
Bishop Curry from Chicago, Illinois, spoke about the resiliency of the American slave to love through calamity, how relationships no matter how they are form can overcome any obstacle, and quoted Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. twice during his sermon. Several members of the royal family sported priceless expressions as they listened to the American reverend speak boldly at the ceremony. Naturally, Twitter picked up on all of this and had commentary all on their own.
A black reverend preaching to British royalty about the resilience of faith during slavery is 10000000% not what I thought I was waking up for, the royal wedding is good
— Elamin Abdelmahmoud (@elamin88) May 19, 2018
With a more looser and freer speaking style than what normally constitutes a royal wedding, Curry gave a “down home” styled sermon that broke with the royal’s normal tradition. As writer Tara Isabella Burton wrote for Vox, traditionally British priests from the Church of England preside over royal events. Curry, however, is the head of the American Episcopal Church, a sister to the Church of England but not a part of it.
He is also the first black leader of the Episcopal Church.
“I’ll never forget my daddy told me when I was fairly new as a priest,” Curry said before the ceremony began, “he said just always be who you really are. Don’t pretend to be someone else.” In the process of following his father’s advice at the royal wedding, Curry let Meghan Markle remind everyone else who she is. Despite being the newly christened English Duchess of Sussex, her black American heritage was pivotal and central to the royal wedding.