Black Culture at the Royal Wedding (A2-B1/v933)

Introduction

Meet the black gospel choir and African American preacher who took center-stage at the royal wedding held on May 20th, 2018.

Script

Karen Gibson, Choir Conductor:  It feels like it’s something new, brand new and fresh.

Bishop Michael Curry:  I realized Dr. King might be the voice who might speak in this moment.

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Virtuouso Cellist:  I was playing pieces that I love listening to and love to play so that was really exciting.

(Segment of Stand By Me as performed by The Kingdom Choir)

Gibson:  It was unreal, that’s how it was – surreal if you like and a history making moment I feel, you know?  The couple were very instrumental and very intentional about what we sung and how we sung it.

Serena Williams:  Hey Ya’ll.  So my friend’s getting married today.  I’m up super early – for me – and I’ve known her for so many years and I’m so happy for her.

Kanneh-Mason:  They are such a lovely couple and I’m just so honored to have been invited to play at their wedding.  It will be something that I will remember for a long time and I hope that they will have enjoyed my performance as well.

Bishop Curry:  The late Dr Martin Luther King once said and I quote: “We must discover the power of love.  The redemptive power of love.   And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world.”  Well, there were some old slaves in America’s Antebellum south who explained the dynamic power of love and why it has the power to transform…..

They’re passionately committed to changing the lives of people, of helping children, or empowering women, of doing things that actually make a difference both in the lives of individual people, but also in the life of the systems and structures that sometimes are part of that.

Power in love.  Not just in its romantic forms but any form, any shape of love.  There’s a certain sense in which when you are loved and you know it, when someone cares for you and you know it, when you love and you show it.  It actually feels right.  There’s something right about it.

Quiz

1. It was__________, that’s how it was - surreal if you like and a history making moment I feel, you know?
2. The couple were very ___________ and very intentional about what we sung and how we sung it.
3. The late Dr Martin Luther King once said and I quote: “We must discover the power of love. The ____________ power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world.”
4. They’re passionately committed to changing the lives of people, of helping children, or __________ women.
5. Power in love. Not just in its romantic forms but any form, any ______of love.

Discussion

  1. What’s your opinion of the British Royal Family?
  2. Did you happen to see the Royal Wedding of May 20th, 2018 between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle?
  3. What forms of African-American culture do you admire or are you familiar with in terms of art, music, literature, political movements, religious traditions etc.?  In what ways do you find African-American culture distinctive and unique?

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