Through The Eyes of Art

Commemorate Black History Month with programming celebrating the many achievements made by African Americans.

Friday, February 3, 2017

This event is all ages.


Presented by MoPOP and Brandkings, the city’s premier Black History Month celebration will look at the topic of building a strong black economy.

Featuring a speech by CNN correspondent and Seattle native Angela Rye, live performances from Owuor Arunga and Josephine Howell, and a special reunion show by Seattle hip-hop group Ghetto Chilldren. The Servant of the People Award will be presented to Ezell’s Famous Chicken co-founders Lewis Rudd, Darnell Rudd, and Faye Stephens. The evening will be hosted by Isiah Anderson.


Owuor Arunga is a legendary trumpeter and an inspiring figure in the growth of One Vibe Africa. Arunga went to The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York where the musicians he admired acted as mentors. You may recognize him as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s trumpet player.

Angela Rye is Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies. She is a CNN Political Commentator and NPR Political Analyst. She has been featured as an influential politico, lawyer, and advocate by several publications and outlets from Marie Claire to Ebony and the Washington Post; Rye has an unwavering commitment to ensuring positive change in the political process. Rye is a prominent political strategist who offers regular on-air commentary for several media outlets including BET, CNN, HBO, HuffPost Live, and TV One.

The depth of her dialogue ranges from political campaigns to more complex legislation that bears long-term implications nationally and internationally. She currently serves on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee (CBCPAC), the Seattle University School of Law Alumni, Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network, Inclusv; serves as a senior advisor to the Government Technology & Services Coalition; and is a member of The Links, Incorporated, National Bar Association, American Bar Association, and the Washington Government Relations Group.

Rye served as the Executive Director and General Counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus for the 112th Congress. In her role as Executive Director, Rye was tasked with developing the overall legislative and political strategy for the Caucus. Prior to working for the CBC, she served as Senior Advisor and Counsel to the House Committee on Homeland Security under the leadership of Congressman Bennie G. Thompson. Upon moving to the Nation’s Capital, Rye co-founded IMPACT, an organization that seeks to encourage young professionals in three core areas: economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement. Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Rye learned the importance of advocacy through her family’s political and community activism. She is a proud graduate of the University of Washington and Seattle University School of Law.

The Rudd FamilyEzell’s Famous Chicken co-founders (Lewis Rudd, Darnell Rudd, and Faye Stephens)


Date and Time

February 3, 2017



MoPOP (formerly EMP Museum)
Sky Church
325 5th Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98109

Ticket Info

$15 ($12 MoPOP members)

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