Meghan Markle addressed the graduating class of Immaculate Heart High School, her alma mater sometime in June highlighting the killing of George Floyd and hopes for a better future. Today, connecting the older address to the present speech, she gave a keynote address at the virtual Girl Up! summit, guiding the girls to discover the change they’d like to see in the world.
She said, “All of you, at a younger age than any modern comparison, are setting the tone for an equitable humanity. Not figuratively, literally.”
“This is a humanity that desperately needs you. To push it, to push us, forcefully in a more inclusive, more just, and more empathetic direction. To not only frame the debate, but be in charge of the debate—on racial justice, gender, climate change, mental health and wellbeing, on civic engagement, on public service, on so much more. That’s the work you’re already out there doing,” the Duchess continued.
Meghan Markle spoke on fear and how it could stand as a barrier to making the right decisions. “Often, it’s fear that paralyzes us and stops us from being brave and being bold. But don’t underestimate that you have some of the answers. Don’t underestimate your ability to push through the fear. You have, rooted in your convictions, the ability to craft a world that you know is just and kind. Your gut will tell you what’s right and what’s wrong; what’s fair and unfair. The hardest part—and it was the hardest part for me—is to chase your convictions with action.””
Combining her support with that of her husband and son, she concluded saying, ““I will be cheering you on, and so will my husband—and so will Archie—as you all continue marching, advocating, and leading the way forward.”