5/12/21: Syracuse.com: ‘There’s a space that can never be filled’: Syracuse friends mourn loss of BLM leader, community organizer

Originally printed at: https://www.syracuse.com/news/2021/05/theres-a-space-that-can-never-be-filled-syracuse-mourns-loss-of-community-organizer.html


In the last few days, Nikeeta Slade’s friends have recalled her speeches.

One friend remembered a seven-minute speech at the Jerry Rescue statue in Syracuse right after Donald Trump won the 2016 election. She’s played the video of it several times since Slade died.

“She was representing a sentiment, a collective rage,” said Fabiola Ortiz Valez.

Another friend, SeQuoia Kemp, remembers Slade having to be coaxed last summer up on the steps of City Hall to speak at a rally against police brutality. With 2,000 people staring back, she immediately started leading the crowd in a chant.


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May 13, 2021

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