The University Settlement Adult Literacy Program was recently lucky to receive a visit from New York City Council Member Christopher Marte. He represents District 1, which includes Battery Park City, Civic Center, Chinatown, Financial District, Little Italy, the Lower East Side, NoHo, SoHo, South Street Seaport, South Village, TriBeCa, and Washington Square. He met with University Staff members, took a tour of one of our sites, and visited a number of different programs. You can see him in the photo above on the far left with Class 3P.
Juneteenth is a newly recognized American holiday, but has always been recognized by African-Americans. It celebrates African-Americans finally being freed from slavery.
Although, July 4th is officially America’s independence day, Juneteenth has been independence day for African-Americans for centuries.
The history is not complicated. In the year 1619, Africans were brought to The United States as slaves. Many different tribes, ethnic groups, and people were stolen from Africa and brought to America. It was a sad and horrible time for Black people in the Americas.
“In the year 1863, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln issued1 the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared more than three million slaves living in the Confederate states to be free. More than two years passed before the news reached African Americans living in Texas. It was not until Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, that the people finally learned that slavery had been abolished. The newly freed slaves immediately began to celebrate with prayer, a feast, song, and dance.”
On June 15th 2021, Juneteenth finally became a national holiday, not only for African-Americans, but for all Americans, to celebrate the freedom of every American.
ROAR will take place in Chinatown and the Lower East Side in the summer of 2022! Every Saturday and Sunday in June, July and August, we’ll be in Sara D. Roosevelt Park with activities, programs and classes for the whole family. Pop in for an art workshop or a sunset yoga class, take a walking tour of Chinatown, or watch live performances by the gardens.
All programs are FREE to attend, no registration, and are offered in Cantonese, English, Mandarin, and Spanish!
Visit our Info Booth on Rivington Street inside the park all summer long to gain information about the festival and participate in fun activities throughout Chinatown and the Lower East Side!
INFO BOOTH ACTIVITIES
Family Association: A Soundwalk by George Tsz-Kwan Lam
“Family Association” is a soundwalk experience that uses collected oral history recordings from five members of the Chinese-American community who are connected to NYC. Using GPS technology, listeners will hear interviewees’ memories of their extended families, how their families emigrated to the United States, and whom they imagine their ancestors to be. “Family Association” embeds these recordings within the sites of five historic “family associations” in Chinatown. As listeners approach these locations in Chinatown, the speech gradually becomes more whole, recalling the way in which these micro-communities have helped generations of Chinese-Americans to both reconstruct and reconnect with their past.
小吃 “Snack” Food Scavenger Hunt!
Festival-goers can come to the info booth to receive a “Little Bites” bingo card!: listing 15 participating restaurants in the L.E.S./Chinatown area. Participants who visit all 15 places by August 26th, purchase at least $5 of food, and turn in their completed card will receive a ROAR T shirt (while supplies last!)
New York is home to many cultural institutions that showcase the kaleidoscope of human experiences and the breadth of the human imagination – it’s one of the things that makes our city special. Stop by the ROAR info booth for free passes to the Museum of Chinese in the Americas, sign up for a complimentary tour of the Tenement Museum, and learn about other free events and offerings in Chinatown and the Lower East Side all summer long!
ROAR Prize Wheel!
ROAR with US! Share a photo from ROAR on social media, and spin our prize wheel to win some ROAR swag! Prizes include tee shirts, tattoos, wristbands, and coupons from local businesses!
June is exciting in New York City for many reasons, the weather is finally hot, beaches are open, and my personal favorite – THE PARADES!
A parade is a large number of people walking or in vehicles, all going in the same direction, usually as part of a public celebration of something.
After 2 years of pausing for COVID, the annual1. Puerto Rican Day Parade is back! This parade celebrates the approximately 890,000 Puerto Ricans in New York. Puerto Ricans make up about 4.4% of the population of New York City.
The Parade takes place on the 2nd Sunday of June – making it fall on Sunday, June 12th 2022 this year!
The parade marches along Fifth Avenue from 44th Street to 86th Street and has grown to become one of the largest parades in the United States.
Whether or not you are Puerto Rican, you should come and celebrate a unique piece of New York’s culture at the 65th annual Puerto Rican Day Parade!
Many people visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day to honor and mourn those who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many volunteers place an American flag on graves of military personnel in national cemeteries. Memorial Day is also considered the unofficial beginning of summer in the United States.