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Dr. Fran L. Lassiter and Amanda M. Leftwich, M.S.L.S. won the Lift Every Voice from Library of America. The grant focuses on amplifying African American/Black poetry to the community and explore its connections to our future. The Libraries will host a series of events, including workshops and panels dedicated to African American/Black poetry for MCCC and the community at large until March 2021. More information provided below.

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Event Title Description 
Creating Black Diasporic Poetry: A Workshop 

Express yourself! Learn about Black poetic themes, styles, and techniques with artist & poet, Schnieder Predestin. All poetry created during this session will be showcased in the Libraries & Archives digital display during Poetry Month in April. All levels and writers' welcome.  

Workshop Host: Schnieder Predestin is a writer, poet, and fashion stylist. Born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, he utilized his love for books and the teachings of his parents to cultivate his writing style and his love for poetry. Schnieder works for a Japanese Made-to-Measure company called Kashiyama. In his free time, he's working on his first poetry book which is dedicated to his mother who passed away a few years ago. Schnieder is a lover of all art forms but he chose fashion and poetry to be the mediums he uses to express his love, pain, happiness, and his connection to all the things around him.

Feeling creative before the event? Please submit a poem to our Poetry Contest! Submissions close December 18, 2020 at 5pm. Contest winners will be notified of acceptance in late January 2021. All accepted poetry will be displayed on the Libraries' Digital Display! For further details or questions, please contact Dr. Fran L. Lassiter at or Amanda M. Leftwich at

Date & Link Wednesday, February 3, 2021                                            |                        Join via Zoom
Event Title  Description 
Black Experience in History and Memory: A Discussion on Black Diasporic Poetry

African American poetry, as part of the oral tradition, has served as examples of artistic expression and political protest for BlPOC (Black Indigenous People of Color) for more than 400 years. Drawing on the history of African American identity and culture, the panelists will discuss the impact and relevance of specific poems that represent a pivotal moment in the history and memory of African Diasporic people. This event is designed to bring about cultural awareness of the Black experience, but also to facilitate an ongoing dialogue on diversity and inclusivity. Following the panel, the audience is encouraged to ask questions. 

Moderator: Amanda M. Leftwich, M.S.L.S., Student Success Librarian, MCCC


Maurice A. “Tony” Davis, M.A., Counselor, MCCC 

Shawne Johnson, M.A., Professor of English, Community College of Philadelphia 

Fran L. Lassiter, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, MCCC 

Aisha Damali Lockridge, Ph.D., Associate Professor of English, Saint Joseph’s University 

Date Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 5:15pm    

Prof. Talks

Welcome to Prof Talks, a new interdisciplinary interactive interview series at MCCC featuring diverse professionals from a wide array of fields.  The purpose of this series is to enrich MCCC students with the experiences of these individuals, giving our students new insights into academic journeys and career paths. This is a special project led by Dr. Stephanie Nnadi and Amanda M. Leftwich, M.S.L.S. Contact Dr. Stephanie Nnadi ( or Amanda M. Leftwich ( for more information. 

Guest Talk Speakers

Fran L. Lassiter is an Associate Professor of English at Montgomery County Community College (MC3). She received her Ph.D. in English from Temple University, with a specialization in African American literature and early slave narratives. Her research and teaching focus broadly on questions of gendered and racialized identities in literature, and Africanisms as a theoretical approach for the reclamation of understudied slave narratives. In 2008, she became the first Faculty Diversity Fellow at MC3. She has presented papers at various national conferences on Black women writers; the rhetoric of nineteenth-century African American activists; and her paper entitled, “Journey to Equality: From Maria W. Stewart to Barack Obama,” received the Northeast Modern Language Association’s CAITY Caucus Prize in 2010. In addition, her paper “From Toasts to Raps: New Approaches for Teaching the Harlem Renaissance” published in Pedagogy: Critical Approaches to Teaching Literature, Language, Composition, and Culture offers a cross-disciplinary approach for teaching literature of the period. Currently, she is completing a book on a free-Black family in Colonial-era Virginia. She is married and lives with her husband in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Date: February 19, 2021 at 12:30pm                         Link Pending 

Jamia Williams earned her Bachelor of Science in History from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Brockport and earned her Master of Library Science from North Carolina Central University. Jamia is a Health Sciences Librarian at SUNY Brockport’s Drake Memorial Library. She serves as the liaison to the following academic programs, African & African-American Studies, Biology, Health Science/Healthcare Studies, McNair Program, and Nursing. Williams is the co-creator and co-host of the podcast LibVoices which amplifies the voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who work in archives and libraries. Jamia founded the DiversityFellow blog which is a platform used to document her journey as a Black librarian.

Date: March 26, 2021 at 12:30pm                          Link Pending 

Felicia Grand-Pierre is a Project Manager for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia (FRB) where she oversees strategy, process improvement, and information technology (IT) initiatives. She enjoys using her skills and experience to help business leaders plan and implement strategies that make their visions a reality. Prior to coming to the FRB, she spent several years in the health insurance industry supporting IT solution development as a software tester, business analyst, and project manager.  Felicia holds dual master's degrees in Information Science and Information Science and Technology from Drexel University.  She is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Professional Business Analyst (PMI-PBA) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) as well as a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) by the Scrum Alliance.

Date: April 16, 2021 at 12:30pm                  Link Pending


Workshop Series

Workshop series provides MCCC community with learning opportunities in a generalized and welcoming manner. Workshops are meant to be interactive and collaborative experiences for anyone interested in specialized topics provided. Some topics include citation management, searching for consumer health information and archival materials, time management, and copyright. All workshops will be provided virtually. 

Links below! Questions? Contact Amanda M. Leftwich, Student Success Librarian -  

Procrastination Management

Procrastination is a sign of technical failure, not a moral failure. So, stop beating yourself up about it and come learn how to manage your procrastinating tendencies. 

September 9, 2020 2-3pm | 7-8pm  & September 21, 2020 2-3pm | 7-8pm

Instructor: Nicole Maugle 

Health Information Tools That Won't Make You Sick

Whether you are searching for health information for yourself or others, you can find clear information based on the best science available - no M.D. required.

September 24, 2020 2-3pm | 7-8pm

Instructor: Kevin Strunk

The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Citations - APA Style

What are citations and in-text citations? Who uses them? When are they needed? Why are they needed? Where do you get them? How are they formatted? These questions will be answered and resolved with a focus on APA Style. 

October 14, 2020 at 12:30-1:30pm

Instructor: Mary Beth Parkinson

Copyright and Fair Use Basics

Whether you know it or not, copyright plays a role in your everyday life. Learn about the basics of copyright, fair use, the public domain, and how they can help your research and the things you create.

Instructor: Cory Budden

November 5, 2020 at 7-8pm

The Who, What, When, Where, and Why of Citations - MLA Style

What are citations and in-text citations? Who uses them? When are they needed? Why are they needed? Where do you get them? How are they formatted? These questions will be answered and resolved with a focus on MLA Style. 

November 10, 2020 at 12:30-1:30pm

Instructor: Kara Groschopp

Primary Sources - What Are They Good For?

Learn the difference between primary resources and how primary sources can be useful in all your assignments whatever the subject.

November 18, 2020 at 2-3pm | 7-8pm

Instructor: Lawrence Greene