Pictured from left: Christelle Gerdis, Clyde Doughty, Jr., and Sidpasamde Tiendrebeogo
On Thursday, June 17, 2021, President Joe Biden signed a bill establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday, commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. To the New York Tech community, it’s more than just a day off. It is an opportunity to observe, reflect, and most importantly, educate ourselves on our country’s history, injustices still taking place, and what the future holds for us.
Yet, we know that change won’t happen overnight.
Hear from three members of the New York Tech community—Christelle Gerdis (M.S. ’21), architecture student Sidpasamde Tiendrebeogo, and Clyde Doughty, Jr. (M.P.S. ’98)—who discuss why Juneteenth is important to them and how they’re observing this day.