Attorney and the principal and CEO of D.C.-based political advocacy firm IMPACT Strategies, Angela Rye never misses an opportunity to make a statement — whether she rocks a black beret, Black Panther style, to speak at an event honoring Memphis’ 1968 sanitation strikers and calls out city officials for necessary unfinished business or bids adieu to a once polarizing figure in Trump’s White House, the first person to simultaneously resign and be terminated, who shall remain nameless.
The on-air contributor for CNN and host of the podcast “On One with Angela Rye,“ is on a mission “to encourage young professionals in three core areas: economic empowerment, civic engagement, and political involvement.”
We caught up with Rye at the PUSHTech2020 “Women Warriors of Tech’s” panel which addressed today’s push for diversity, inclusion and racial equality across Silicon Valley and the tech industry.”
She comments, “Every year, Rev. [Jesse] Jackson hosts the Rainbow PUSHTech2020 Summit. It’s something that I look forward to. It’s super important to me because I know it’s how doors have been opened in the past. It’s the same concept he’s worked on with Wall Street. I think it’s incumbent upon us to support initiatives that help open doors for Black and Brown people in particular. I am thrilled to be here and I enjoy coming every year.”
As a ppl, we will never be able to right this country’s wrongs without forcing recognition and atonement for this country’s faulty foundation. We just want what belongs to us. We just want what our ancestors built. We are reclaiming our power ✊🏾💕 #theDrKingtheydontwantyoutosee pic.twitter.com/xP66jlb5vD
— Cousin Angela (@angela_rye) April 17, 2018
A proud Black woman, she encourages other women to #ReclaimOurPower and stand on the shoulders of those who blazed the trail.
“It’s not by accident that we can claim Harriet [Tubman] and Assata [Shakur] and Sojourner [Truth] and Coretta [Scott King] as our own. There are so many others. Congresswoman Maxine Waters, Congresswoman Barbara Lee who is a big champion of this summit in particular. We have so many shoulders that we can stand on. I encourage you all every time you feel weakened and feel like giving up, that you remember where we come from, how important they’ve been in shaping the movement and opening the doors for us. It’s incumbent upon us, it’s our responsibility to walk through those doors,” she tells rolling out.