“[dropcap]I[/dropcap]nvisible Queen,” a book written by Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, and published by R.J. Myers Publishing Company, a minority-owned small business in Washington, D.C., is being promoted during 2018 Black History Month. “Invisible Queen” tells the story of Queen Sophia Charlotte, a mixed-race woman born in Germany, who married King George III in 1761, and served as Queen of England and Ireland, for 57 years.
“Many of us don’t know there was a Queen of England with Black Heritage that was handed down from the Moors of Portugal. Queen’s Charlotte’s story is a missing piece in world history. As Queen, she opposed the Atlantic Slave Trade and supported the Abolitionist Movement in America; birthed 15 children, and spoke 4 languages.” says author Myers, “Learning about Queen Charlotte’s story can inspire young women of color, to aspire to achieve great things,” said R.J. Myers, President, R.J. Myers Publishing Company, “So far, the “Invisible Queen” has received great interest from readers in the Black community around the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. It is great to see interest in Black history during our celebration of Black History Month.”
The story of Queen Charlotte is timely given the upcoming wedding of Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth of England, to actress Meghan Markle, a mixed-race American woman. A recent Washington Post article by reporter DeNeen L. Brown referenced the mixed-race question involving British Royalty, by asking the question, “…Will Meghan Markle really be the first mixed-race Royal?” In her article, DeNeen Brown referenced Queen Charlotte’s Moorish/Black ancestors from Portugal and makes the point that the Black heritage of Queen Charlotte has been rumored for years. Ms. Brown writes, “In 1999. The London Sunday Times published an article with the headline: Revealed the Queen’s Black Ancestors.” (DeNeen L. Brown, Washington Post, November 27, 2017)
Noted Journalist Barbara Reynolds, author of the biography of Coretta Scott King “My Life, My Love, My Legacy,” stated, “Thanks to the brilliant scholarship and research of Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, Queen Charlotte, the wife of King George III, who was a botanist, an early patron of Mozart, and who entertained world leaders at her Court, including U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, has now been un-earthed. Historic records support Myers conclusion that Queen Charlotte is worthy of the greatest honor for her contributions to supporting Abolitionists who ended slavery.”
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