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Groundwork for royal wedding laid generations ago

Groundwork for royal wedding laid generations ago

As the House of Windsor welcomes Meghan Markle, a half-black American, into its fold with what will likely be a fairy tale-worthy wedding to Prince Harry, we should realize that as momentous as this mixed-race marriage is in our 21st century landscape, the groundwork for such unions was laid once upon a time.

As a professor of Renaissance literature at Bowie State University, Maryland’s oldest historically black university, I make it a point to incorporate the historical presence of black individuals into my course. And it’s a lot easier than you may think. A careful study of British and European history demonstrates that the narratives and images of an all-white Europe...

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