Tarrant County College is one of 49 institutions chosen to provide programming for Lift Every Voice. All events were free and open to the public.
To sample the program content, please feel free to download the Lift Every Voice Project Reader.
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Chef Sherry Sipho, TCC Culinary Arts, began the session with a cooking demonstration that will remind you of family gatherings. Professor Tonya Blivens and the TCC Speech students followed with short presentations of poems focusing on family themes and stories from their own families.
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The opening reception is available to watch in full! Featuring readings and discussions by poets Jericho Brown, Nikky Finney, Tyehimba Jess, Sonia Sanchez, Danez Smith, Afaa Michael Weaver, Kevin Young, and more.
African American poetry has long reflected and been inspired by the abolitionist and later the civil rights movements. TCC faculty members Michael Downs (History) and Madison Durapau (English) discuss famous civil rights poems and how the modern social justice movement is reflected in poetry today.
TCC students presented their original poetry in a Super Poetry Slam on Feb. 24, 2021.
TCC's annual African American Read-In was held online this year. Please view the event below.