I LOVED being a part of the Mora wedding. It was a beautiful, spring day and they planned an intimate gathering of family and friends. Lenny and Melissa are an absolute joy and all of their guests shared their spirited personalities.
It's rare that I photograph a wedding and I am grateful to have documented such a wonderful day for Lenny and Melissa!
Meet Chanda Allen, motivational speaker!
A little about Chanda
I currently reside in Randolph County with my husband (Antonio) of ten years and our three children: Kailyn (8 years), Makenzi (4 years), and Aiden (5 months). As a Chatham County product, I have returned to my community as a Humanities instructor and university transfer advisor at the community college which serves Chatham, Harnett, and Lee counties.
I received my Bachelor of Science in English, Secondary Education and my Master of Arts in English and African American Literature from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. For fifteen years (and counting), I have used writing, literature, and culture to motivate and to instill pride in my students as they fulfill their educational goal(s).
Tell us about how you inspire people through your speaking
Not realizing my gift, I have spoken many times at different engagements since my high school years; however, after speaking at the NAACP Humanitarian Banquet in 2009, I embraced my gift of motivating all ages through the teachings of African American history and literature. Due to the overwhelming support from those in attendance, I have had the opportunity to speak/teach on many programs for various churches and organizations.
Although I have only demonstrated my gift in Chatham County, I yearn for the invitation to educate and motivate where needed.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy spending free time with my family. This has included participating in a youth choir, coaching cheerleading and tee ball, and being a volunteer for a high school athletic booster. I also enjoy organizing, directing weddings, and working for the NAACP.
Do you have hidden talents?
Organizing and singing
Coffee or Tea?
Morning person or night person?
Have you ever been told you look like someone famous? Who?
I constantly hear that I look like Tia Mowry-Hardrict and Tamera Mowry-Housley, and I always respond, "I wish I had their money."
What’s the best New Year’s resolution you’ve ever made and actually kept?
Every year, I commit to having a closer relationship to God, which I feel gets stronger daily.
Anything else you'd like to add, about anything at all?
I have completed the draft of my first book, looking to publish. I am currently working to reclassify African American literature as a core course for the North Carolina Community College System. My goal is for the system to see the injustice of having the only other literature among all the community colleges as an elective with no justification when the universities accept it as a humanities and /or actual literature course.
I recently hung out with the awesome Morgan family! It was time to update their family portrait and I was so happy to do that for them. I enjoyed their photo session - they are an absolutely wonderful family to spend time with!