Hey Black Child
Hey Black Child Title Screen
The colors and fonts chosen were meant to pop out at the viewer. The pink on blue is to represent a girl and boy. Although a girl is reciting this poem, it does not change the fact that this poem's message is to all black children.
Pe'Tehn Reign Drawing
I decided to add in the little girl who recited the poem on the stage of Windy City Live because she is what made this small poem so popular.
The video of her reciting it went viral allowing thousands of black eyes to see and hear the poem. Some for the very first time.
Her influence, and the influence of the poem's writer, Countee Cullen, allowed for little children all over the world to hear this poem and have confidence in their futures.
In this design process, the words from a poem had to change from static to kinetic. What you see here is a brainstorm of ideas for how each word will translate and transform on the screen.
Here is a 20 frame sketch of how I intended the design to translate on-screen. The use of repetition of "Hey black child" was the anchor of the animation which tied all sentences back together. I tried to map out camera pan directions and all effects that would ensue.