SYRACUSE, NY—Nikeeta Arielle-Trishun Slade died Thursday, May 6, 2021, in Syracuse, N.Y.
Nikeeta was born on December 25, 1988, to Lisa Carter Slade of Ashland and Anthony Dwayne Slade of El Dorado, Ariz.
She attended public school in Jackson, Miss., and Killeen, Texas. She received her bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and history from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas. She also attended Syracuse University as a fellowship student for her graduate studies in African American. She was involved in multiple activities and societies from 2007-2011, including Student Government Association, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Phi Sigma Pi, Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, National Council of Black Studies, Phi Alpha Theta, History Honor Fraternity, Ronald E. McNair Scholar and completed a research project entitled “Martin Luther King’s Masculinity as Counter-Cultural 1955-1968.”
Nikeeta was employed as a union millwright/journeyman. She organized various events with the Worker Center of Central New York. She took part in two major New York victories that gave farmworkers the right to unionize and gave undocumented people access to obtaining a driver’s license. Nikeeta’s work as an organizer created a much-needed change in New York State and had a significant impact in the lives of the workers.
She also was an original member of the Black Lives Matter movement in Syracuse. In 2017, Nikeeta joined QueerWOC The Podcast, co-hosting alongside her friend Montinique McEachern.
Nikeeta is survived by her mother, Lisa C. Slade; father, Anthony D. Slade, grandmother Mary C. Rich of Heathsville; brother, Anthony Slade Jr. of Pearland, Texas; and partner, Crystal Doody of Syracuse, N.Y.
She was predeceased by her grandfather, Oliver L. Rich.
A funeral was held May 22 at Campbell Funeral Home, Kilmarnock.