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Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters: Events

This guide was created to support the Lift Every Voice initiative and grant. Tarrant County College is one of 49 institutions across the United States chosen to provide programming for this initiative.

Event Schedule

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

Download the full schedule of events with links:

Cooking, Traditions, and Poetry: Celebrating the African American Family

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. 

If the video will not play, click Share and go to the link on YouTube. This is also a good way to watch it full screen.

Lift Every Voice Opening Reception

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.

Poetry and Civil Rights

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. 

Super Poetry Slam

TCC students presented their original poetry in a Super Poetry Slam on Feb. 24, 2021.

African American Read-In: The Black Family: March 1 at 12:00 pm

TCC's annual African American Read-In was held online this year. Please view the event below.