This Sunday: Celebrating Juneteenth and Four Decades of Rainbow/PUSH

Jun 14, 2024 | PDA News

Join us Sunday at 4pm ET / 1pm PT for PDA’s National Town Hall. We’ll learn about Rainbow/PUSH’s upcoming annual convention in Chicago. We’ll also celebrate Juneteenth (aka Emancipation Day), discussing the powerful historical resonance, and continued relevance, of our newest national holiday: RSVP Now!


Before his two decades as a trailblazing progressive in the Georgia State Senate, Vincent Fort taught Black history at one of the most prestigious HBCs in the country, Morehouse College in Atlanta. 

We are honored that Senator Fort will join our Town Hall this Sunday to share his reflections on the centrality of Juneteenth to all of America’s still-unfolding history—and why the recognition of Juneteenth as an official national holiday is so important at this troubled moment in our history.

Then, we’ll be joined by Rev. Dr. Janette Wilson, senior advisor to Rev. Jesse Jackson, and the National Director of PUSH for Excellence. Rev. Wilson will tell us all about the upcoming Rainbow/PUSH annual convention happening in Chicago in mid-August.

PDA is thrilled to be supporting the Rainbow/PUSH convention. It feels like a homecoming, as PDA itself has its roots in the 1984 and 1988 Jackson Presidential campaigns where our founding Executive Director Tim Carpenter and our founding political director Steve Cobble worked closely together. Steve Cobble remained a close associate, confidant, and friend to Rev. Jackson until his sudden, far-too-early death in February 2021.

The Rainbow/PUSH convention promises to be one of the most powerful political events of the summer, one that will harmonize with, and inform, PDA’s Progressive Central conference that begins the day after the Rainbow/PUSH convention. We hope that all PDAers will attend, either in-person or online, and support the Rainbow/PUSH convention. Learn all about it on this Sunday’s Town Hall.  

See you on Sunday. RSVP Now!

In solidarity,

The PDA National Team


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