I wanted to close out the shortest month of the year with another round of quote dedicated to Black History Month on Curious Quotes, Points To Ponder, & Inspiring Insights. This time we have five brand new slides with quotes from Gil Scott-Heron, Nikki Giovanni, Katherine Johnson, Beyoncé, and Wiz Khalifa.
I have always been amazed by the pure genius of The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott-Heron. Released in 1971, this poem / song essentially invented rap and hip-hop. It is as powerful a message today. For the slide, I wanted to use an old console television. I have been on a kick lately using old tvs in slides to frame classic video clips. I used the fuzzy outline feature in Keynote to give Gil Scott-Heron's name a spray painted feel.
I was in search of a Nikki Giovanni quote for this collection, and this one really resonated with me as we are in a constant state of change. However, in our ever changing times, we get to choose how we embrace that change. I am also fond of the saying, "change is inevitable, growth is optional." We should always choose growth. For this slide, I chose to use red, black, and green as an homage to the Pan-African flag.
There is so much to love about Katherine Johnson and her story featured in Hidden Figures. This quote is just sound advice from the NASA legend to students. These are truly words to live by. The American Typewriter font just really felt right for this one. The photo is cropped to allow enough room for the text. I sectioned it off by sentence to let each point stand on its own. This is really as close as one should ever get to a bulleted list on a slide.
I saw this as my chance to finally include a Beyoncé quote. The quote is pretty long. So, I used the Bebas Neue font because it is one of the narrowest fonts that I know that still is easily readable. I have really been enjoying the blank space at the end of lines without punctuation to allow the text to line up. Use of the color picker allowed me to cover the entire slide with the color of the background of the photo.
After the first round of quotes for Black History Month, Laura Thompson suggested that I create one using this quote from Wiz Khalifa. I really love this quote and think that it is great advice for everyone, but especially good advice for our students. I played around with a few designs and then landed on the black and yellow color scheme in honor of his song Black and Yellow. Also, this combination seems to be very 2020 although usually it is a yellow highlight and black text. Here we have the Impact Label font with white rectangles layered behind.
Have a favorite quote that you would like to see me make a slide of? Go ahead and ask! I am always taking requests.