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On Saturday night the EMP presented their Black History Month kickoff event “Through the Eyes of Art,” along with a special showcase featuring work from local artists and photographers called “The Value of Black Life.”

It was a full house with event tickets completely sold out — and for good reason. The stage was set for an inspirational evening with keynote speakers including city council member Bruce Harrell, former National Director of Youth Engagement at World Vision Derrick Wheeler-Smith, and Mayor Ed Murray. Next up were performances by local favorite Draze and hip-hop veteran Talib Kweli.

But a lot of locals less accustomed to the spotlight got to shine as well. I was honored to have my photos included in the “Snap to Action” display curated by the EMP Youth Advisory Board. The display focused on photographs of the recent Black Lives Matter protests across Seattle.

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