June 09, 2023

NYSUT Many Threads, One Fabric event celebrates Juneteenth

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"Juneteenth: Reflections on our History"

Check out the replay of our recent celebration of Juneteenth with a special panel discussion of the history of the holiday and the fight to defend Black education in America.

Juneteenth commemorates the day that news of emancipation reached the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas in 1865 — two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. President Joe Biden officially declared Juneteenth, June 19, a federal holiday in 2021.

The event is the latest chapter of the statewide union’s Many Threads, One Fabric social justice series. To learn more about NYSUT’s Many Threads, One Fabric events, visit nysut.org/manythreads.


  • J. Philippe Abraham, NYSUT secretary-treasurer


  • Paul Clement, Ph.D, professor of economics /chairperson, Department of Social Sciences, FIT, SUNY 


  • Martin P. Felix, professor of Caribbean Studies, FIT SUNY; editor of “Big Drum Nation,” a Caribbean journal of culture 
  • Nelva Williamson, social studies teacher, Young Women's College Preparatory Academy, Houston, TX 
  • Ashira Adwoa, organizer, Houston Federation of Teachers