“We should emphasize not Negro History, but the Negro in history. What we need is not a history of selected races or nations, but the history of the world void of national bias, race hate, and religious prejudice.” Carter G. Woodson
Every year, during the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month(BHM) by showcasing the accomplishments and contributions of historic figures in the African American community. This year, I came across a brilliant photography project/campaign that has created a lot of media buzz online and off. I was so impressed by the original, creative approach to celebrating BHM that I reached out to the campaign creator, Eunique Jones, on Facebook and asked permission to share some of her photos with you. I’m grateful that she agreed as this is the perfect wrap up to a month of celebrations and recognitions; a month that I was thinking flew by so fast.
“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” Booker T. Washington
In honor of BHM, Eunique Jones, a talented Photographer, blogger, and happily married mom, decided to launch a fabulous campaign “Because of Them, We Can.” Each day in February, she has released a new photo featuring one of the divine nine kids she selected for the project. Each black child is cast as either a historical or contemporary black icon who helped pave the way for the rest of us. Because of these icons, we can believe in our ability to accomplish our dreams. because of them, we can freely choose what we want to be. I was fascinated by Eunique’s original idea and by her careful selection of kids and quotes for the icons represented in her campaign. I knew her remarkable work had to be shared, enjoyed and exposed to more people. Eunique has generously created posters of all the photos featured, and they can be ordered at Becauseofthemwecan.com Use the code: FREESHIP at checkout for free shipping! More Below!
Eunique has taken an important subject and created a fantastic visual feast that is both memorable and easy to grasp. By featuring children as historic subjects, she added another layer of understanding about the lives of those featured in a way that even kids can appreciate. An important benefit of her campaign is the educational component it offers. The pictures can serve as visual aids for an elementary school curriculum on Black history and provide an opportunity for kids to dress up and role play an assigned icon. Remember how much information we retained playing dress up as kids? What do you know about Black History month? Are you familiar with the names in the selection?
This post was partly inspired by a Daily Post Prompt: Daily Prompt: First Light. Remember when you wrote down the first thought you had this morning? Great. Now write a post about it.
*Please bear with me as I’m finally beginning to catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience!
Positive Motivation Tip: In celebrating our icons, we celebrate ourselves. Spread the light.
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: Permission Required. All photographs are the copyrighted property of Eunique Jones Photography©
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