The Prince of Wales edited an edition of the British Afro-Caribbean newspaper The Voice, with interviews with Baroness Doreen Lawrence and Idris Elba, to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Charles said he was “so moved” at being invited to curate the special edition of the paper, which he says has “become an institution” over the years.
The Voice, founded in 1982, is the only national black British newspaper operating in the UK.
Clarence House said Charles’s modification celebrates some of the black community’s accomplishments over the past four decades and records his longstanding partnership with black leaders.
It is said to touch upon themes including community cohesion, education, climate, the Commonwealth, faith and the arts.
The newspaper features an interview with Baroness Lawrence, mother of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence, who reveals a new partnership between the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation and the Prince’s Foundation to provide applied arts scholarships to young people of diverse backgrounds suffering from inequality social and economic.
Luther Elba star tells the newspaper how a Prince’s Trust scholarship at the age of 16 “opened doors that changed my life”, while Booker Prize-winning author Bernardine Evaristo reflects on her career, on his role as president of the Royal Society of Literature and his support for the Duchess of Cornwall’s reading room.
The edition also contains an interview with Baroness Floella Benjamin, who talks about her involvement in the Windrush Portraits project, an initiative created by Charles to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Windrush Empire in Tilbury Docks, Essex. , and honoring the Windrush generation’s contribution to public life in the UK.
Speaking about the publication, Charles said: “Over the past four decades, with all the huge changes they have witnessed, the only surviving British black newspaper has become an institution and a crucial part of the fabric of our society.
“This is why I was so moved by the idea of being invited to modify this special edition.”
Paulette Simpson, the newspaper’s executive director, said, “The Voice is an integral part of the black community and has shared authentic stories of the experience black people have experienced over the past four decades through their voices.
“He has campaigned on issues and celebrated successes, often in areas ignored by the mainstream media.
“This is therefore a unique record of black British lives and will be a historical record for future generations.
“We are delighted that, through his involvement at this special time, the Prince of Wales recognizes The Voice’s role in its efforts over the past 40 years to create a more inclusive society and highlights the issues it has advocated.
“I hope this is an example for others to work collaboratively to create positive change for our country.”
Lester Holloway, editor of The Voice, said: “Our readers may be surprised by the parallelism between the issues on which The Voice has campaigned for four decades and the work in which the Prince of Wales was involved over the same period, often behind the scenes.
“In past decades these causes were once scorned and ridiculed, but today they are widely recognized.
“Yet all the research tells us how far we need to go to be a truly fair society.
“The prince is aware of this, and this in itself is a cause for hope.”
The Charles-edited edition of The Voice will be available for purchase on September 1st.