Lift Every Voice by Kátrina C. Taylor

Day 29 — Poster posted on February 28, 2024

Kátrina C. Taylor

Pronouns: she/her
Located: Philadelphia, PA

Tell us about yourself:

I am an interdisciplinary artist from Philadelphia.

What is the inspiration behind your poster design?

The inspiration behind the poster was the cover of “MAY WE FOREVER STAND: A History of the Black National Anthem” By Imani Perry. Her book tells the story of the anthem and how it was composed in 1900 for children in the Stanton School in Jacksonville, Florida…to be sung at an assembly to honor Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday. From there the song took on a life of its own. I wanted to illustrate that, as most Black children in this country, we’re introduced to the song as a child in either school or church, with all the stanzas.

Why do you love being creative?

I love being creative because it’s an extension of God as the ultimate creator. It gives me joy to use the gift that the Lord has bestowed upon me.

Tell us about your experiences in the design world…

It’s been interesting, to say the least. For the first part of my career, I was the first in many rooms I worked in. At times I’ve been celebrated while also being excluded from projects and creative direction for the same POV and energy I’ve always given. Was a very hard realization to have, at one point. I’m now in a position to create opportunities and work with companies that value my viewpoint, good, bad, or indifferent.

How can we create a more inclusive design world and ensure that Black people are represented?

Creative more institutions, companies, and businesses that utilize Design, and hire these brilliant minds. Especially in the Product, Industrial, and Advertising world.

In general… How can we make more equity or equality for us?

I believe it starts with the answer above. And in those spaces, we can become shareholders, and have a stake in media. which dictates a lot.

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