TCC celebrates African American Heritage Month with series of events

Tarrant County College’s 2021 African American Heritage Month celebration will feature more than 40 events that recognize the contributions, history and accomplishments of Black people around the world. The following events will be virtual and are open to TCC students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Beginning February 1, the Career Services department at TCC Northwest will present Notable African Americans in History and the Career Pathways They Represent.  This virtual event will spread awareness of notable African Americans and the career pathways they chose to follow.

TCC Southeast will be offering several events as part of the Lift Every Voice: Why African American Poetry Matters program series. At 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 2, TCC Southeast will offer Writers Be Blockin Workshop, a writing event hosted by Woman of the World Slam Poetry Competition Champion Ebony Stewart.

Then, at 1 p.m. on February 3,, Voices of the Past: A Journey of Identity through Poetry will be presented by Darius Ajai Frasure, who will incorporate examples from the Lift Every Voice reader and his own body of work, Darius Ajai Frasure also will discuss how personal and cultural histories influence poets and their art. Check out the full list of Lift Every Voice events.

Beginning February 8, the Student Life departments on each campus will host a Black Business Expo, featuring several Black-owned businesses in Tarrant County. This virtual series underscores TCC’s commitment to serving the community. Learn more about this virtual series by visiting

Test your knowledge of Black History by playing Black Jeopardy, a one-of-a-kind and unforgettable gaming experience, on February 16, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and 6 to 7 p.m.  I’ll Take ‘Black History’ for 200! will feature facts about Black culture and history; three rounds of Jeopardy during each event time slot. Free giveaways for those in attendance.

On February 18, TCC Southeast host Lift Every Voice: The Connections between African American Poetry and Music.  Lift Every Voice and Sing, the perennially popular song, started as a poem. Join this virtual event to learn more about African American poetry’s deep connections with poetry and music.

On February 23 at 1:00pm, the Lift Every Voice campaign will present Life Every Voice: Poetry and Civil Rights. This event will be an exploration of how African American poetry has long reflected and been inspired by abolitionists and later, the civil rights movement. Participants can engage in a discussion of famous civil rights poems and how the modern social justice movement is reflected in poetry today.

On February 25, TCC will host its annual celebration of Black history and culture. “Celebrating Strides: Celebrating the Black Woman” will feature performances from TCC’s dance companies, a presentation on Black mothers in television plus keynote speaker Yaba Blay, creator of #PrettyPeriod and producer of CNN’s “Who is Black in America?”

View the list of African American Heritage Month events