How Meghan And Harry Celebrated Black-Owned Businesses On MLK Day

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex honored Martin Luther King Jr. Day by shining a spotlight on Black-owned businesses.

TheĀ national holiday, which came about in 1983, exists to remember all of Dr. King's work as a civil rights activist, as pointed out by The King Center in Atlanta, Georgia, which has been around since 1968. This nonprofit serves as a resource center with artifacts, events, projects, and more, all inspired by King, who lived between January 15, 1929 and April 4, 1968, per Biography.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are known for their charitable work, focusing on areas such as homelessness, disasters, literature, mental health, and technology. Together, they even have their own nonprofit organization, Archewell (via Us Weekly). That being said, the royal couple made sure to give back yesterday, on Monday, January 17, and it involved feeding those who were working and volunteering at The King Center.

Black-owned food trucks were set up at the King Center by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex

According to Bernice King, the youngest child of Martin Luther King Jr., Prince Harry and Meghan Markle arranged to have Black-owned food trucks set up at The King Center in Atlanta on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Specifically, the trucks were Paige's Pastries & Bistro and Parlay Savory Saloon, and they offered staff members and volunteers free lunch (via The Hill).

"Thank you, Prince Harry and Meghan, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, for providing local Black-owned food trucks for [The King Center's] King Day Community Service Project volunteers today. I'm so grateful for your graciousness in honoring my father," King wrote on Twitter.

Before his assassination, Dr. King had four children with his wife, Coretta Scott King, who died in 2006: Yolanda, who lived between 1955 and 2007; Martin Luther King III, who was born in 1957; Dexter, who was born in 1961; and Bernice, who was born in 1963, as reported by The Sun.