The Prince of Wales said he was "so touched" to be tapped to edit the British African-Caribbean publication, which is commemorating its 40th anniversary, per AP News.
“Over the last four decades, with all the enormous changes that they have witnessed, Britain’s only surviving black newspaper has become an institution and a crucial part of the fabric of our society,” Prince Charles said of being a guest editor. “This is why I was so touched to be invited to edit this special edition.”
The special issue will feature interviews with Idris Elba and Baroness Doreen Lawrence.
In the upcoming article, Elba tells The Voice that a grant he received from Charles' youth charity, The Prince’s Trust, “opened doors that changed my [his] life” at just 16 years old.
The Baroness featured in the issue is the mother of Stephen Lawrence, who was beaten to death by a gang of racists in 1993 as he waited for a bus in South London.
Baroness Lawrence tells the publication about a new collaboration between the Stephen Lawrence Day Foundation and The Prince’s Foundation that will give out applied arts scholarships to young people from diverse backgrounds.
Of the upcoming anniversary edition, Lester Holloway, The Voice’s editor, said, “Our readers may be surprised at the parallels between the issues which The Voice has campaigned on for four decades and the work the Prince of Wales has been involved in over the same period, often behind the scenes.”
“In past decades these causes were once scorned and ridiculed, but today they are widely acknowledged," Holloway added, per The Guardian.