Updated: May 19, 2018 9:43 AM ET | Originally published: May 19, 2018 9:42 AM EDT

Bishop Michael Curry, a Chicago native and the first black presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, gave a powerful sermon at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The 65-year-old preacher quoted Martin Luther King, Jr. and referenced a hymnal sung by slaves in the antebellum South to talk about the power of love to change the world. Curry is the son of a Civil Rights activist who led a boycott into school segregation in Buffalo, New York.

Royal watchers considered the sermon one of the highlights of the royal wedding ceremony.

Read Rev. Curry’s full sermon below:

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