Annually celebrated on June 19, Juneteenth commemorates the ending of slavery in the United States. This year, DemocracyNYC is celebrating Juneteenth by elevating the voices of local artists. Download and watch our videos featuring Harlem based youth poet Fanta Ratty and Brooklyn native rapper Kel Spencer. Graphics in this series were created by NYC-based designer Elizabeth Olguin.

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All power to the voters
All power to the voters

Art by Elizabeth Olguin

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Today we protest - Tomorrow we vote

Art by Marthalicia Matarrita @marthalicia

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Juneteenth Poem by Fanta Ratty (@fantaratty)

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RCV Poem by Fanta Ratty (@fantaratty)

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RCV Rap by Kel Spencer (@KelSpencer)

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Sample Posts

  • Ranked Choice Voting gives New Yorkers more deciding power than ever before. Vote for the change you want this June! #DemocracyNYC nyc.gov/democracynyc

  • Voting is bigger than just us–we honor our ancestors who fought for the right to vote and vote for future generations. On June 22, let's use the power of our votes to make a stronger and more just city for our communities! nyc.gov/democracynyc

  • Celebrate #Juneteenth by shaping our future and making our voices heard! The June primaries are our opportunity to empower our communities and build a more just city. Let's use our power! nyc.gov/democracynyc

  • 156 years ago today, Black Americans were finally emancipated from slavery. But the fight for justice and equality is not over. This #Juneteenth, let's use our power to stand up for our communities by voting in the June Primaries! Learn more: nyc.gov/democracynyc

  • As we commemorate #Juneteenth — remembering the bitterness of slavery and the sweetness of freedom — it's also a time to reflect on the future. Let's use our power in the June 22 primaries to build a more just and equitable city for our communities. nyc.gov/democracynyc

  • #Juneteenth reminds us that the fight against white supremacy and oppression has come far, but has more to go. This election cycle, we can't let our rights go to waste. Let's use our voices to build a better future for our communities! nyc.gov/democracynyc

  • This #Juneteenth, let's honor our ancestors' struggles by continuing the fight for justice and freedom in the June 22 primary elections. Don't throw away your vote — rank it! nyc.gov/democracynyc

Artists Featured

Elizabeth Olguin is a creative consultant and digital producer with 7 years of experience, specializing in film, photography, and graphic design. She has worked on citywide campaigns with NYC Census 2020 and DemocracyNYC and works closely with community based organizations,  non-profit news organizations, and small businesses.

Fanta Ballo is a poet, artist, and activist from Harlem, New York. At 19 she is about to complete her Bachelor's degree in Economics from University of Albany. She got her associates degree at Bard College at Simon's Rock where she was the commencement speaker. She has also grown up through the A BroaderWay program where she was a camper, LIT and Intern. She has performed her poetry at events ranging from protests and rallies to school auditoriums, for organizations like Everytown for Gun Safety, Words on White, New Aged Black Panthers, 826NYC, UAlbany Student Association and A BroaderWay, and at venues like NYC'S Playstation Theatre and DC'S Kennedy Center. She has collaborated with artists like Idina Menzel, Jeanine Tesori, Shihan Van Clief, Ayodele Casel and champions other young artists with her work. Fanta uses poetry and music to tell her story in hopes of empowering others to share theirs.

Kel Spencer, a Brooklyn Native, just might be a Brooklyn Bridge personified. Kel's Grammy Nominated songwriting catalog includes works with Rodney (Darkchild) Jerkins, Wyclef Jean, Teddy Riley, and many more, including co-writing songs like the AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD WINNING "Switch," alongside Will Smith. Most recently penning the 2020 ESPN Espy Awards' Kobe Bryant tribute, performed by Snoop Dogg, Kel's pen and creativity have been the bridge between millions of album sales, television, film, and corporate tie-ins with brands for over 20 years from Burger King & NFL Teams to lyrics for Pepsi commercials and more. Creating synergy between a hair care company, his friendship with MC Lyte and his relationship with his online following (especially women) is the bridge that led to Playtime Worldwide.

Marthalicia Matarrita was born and raised in Harlem, New York City, and has many art disciplines such as drawing, sculpting, painting, and creating large murals and is always expanding in new mediums. Her current area of art dialogue is based on educating the harmony between animals and humans, in many unique presentations. Encouraged by faith to pursue the art form, Marthalicia entered LaGuardia High School of Performance and the Arts, and upon graduating high school, she enlisted in the Army National Guard. She enrolled in S.U.N.Y. New Paltz for B.F.A. in Fine Arts. Today, Marthalicia has broadened her art experiences to many different avenues in art venues, and opportunities where she builds with her community and others.