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Black History Month: Eunique Jones Divine Transformations – Kids As Historic Icons

28/02/2013

“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

Black History Month: Eunique Jones Transforms Children Into Historic Icons

Black History Month: Eunique Jones Divine Transformations – Kids As Historic Icons

Eunique Jones Divine Transformations - Kids As Historic Icons

Black History Month: Eunique Jones Divine Transformations – Kids As Historic Icons

Harriet Tubman                                              Carter G. Woodson
Madame C.J. Walker                                      George Washington Carver

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

Eunique Jones Divine Transformations - Kids As Historic Icons

Black History Month: Eunique Jones Divine Transformations – Kids As Historic Icons

Rosa Parks                                                       Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
Frederick Douglass                                         Mary McLeod Bethune

Eunique Jones Divine Transformations - Kids As Historic Icons

Black History Month: Eunique Jones Divine Transformations – Kids As Historic Icons

Angela Davis                                                   Dr. Ben Carson
Run-D.M.C.                                                     Josephine Baker

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!

“As we celebrate Black History Month we should be grateful for the achievements they made and inspired by their legacies to continue their work.” Marty Meehan

Black History Month: Eunique Jones Divine Transformations - Kids As Historic Icons

Black History Month: Eunique Jones Divine Transformations – Kids As Historic Icons

Shirley Chisholm                                            Thurgood Marshall
Oprah Winfrey                                               Malcolm X

Black History Month: Eunique Jones Divine Transformations - Kids As Historic Icons

Black History Month: Eunique Jones Divine Transformations – Kids As Historic Icons

Venus & Serena Williams                               Spike Lee
Whoopi Goldberg                                           Colin Powell & Condi Rice

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©

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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48 Comments leave one →
  1. 28/02/2013 9:20 pm

    Good thought first thing in the morning.

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    • 01/03/2013 3:48 am

      Thank you! it’s a terrific way to celebrate and wrap up Black History Month and I fell in love with the brilliant way she had the children pose. 🙂

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  2. menomama3 permalink
    01/03/2013 6:19 am

    That is one of the most ingenious and inspirational campaigns I’ve seen in a LONG time. A tangible link to historic figures and how they have affected lives then and continue to have lasting impact. Thank you for sharing this. I believe I will pass it on.

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    • 11/03/2013 2:33 am

      TY so much! I was duly impressed when I saw it, and Eunique is so gracious and kind that it makes the experience memorable. Those little ones are blessed. 😉

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  3. 01/03/2013 7:58 am

    This is so wonderful and so needed. Aren’t you on Pinterest. I wanted to pin it, but think I will do some blog posts using part of it. Also, are you on Facebooks, I am having a book launch there on my 76 birthday March 21. but would love to be friends anyway.

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    • 01/03/2013 8:12 am

      You must be psychic! I was on my Pinterest page and wondering how to find you… I’m new there and a bit lost. Yes, lets connect there. I’m Positive Kismet as i created a link for my blogger name for now until I learn the ropes. Yes, lets connect on Facebook too… I thought we were already! 🙂

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    • 11/03/2013 2:36 am

      Please Katherine, I do hope you’d share your Pinterest address with me… TY! 🙂

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  4. 01/03/2013 9:47 am

    “…What we need is not a history of selected races or nations,
    but …” the history of individuals with courage and perseverance …

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  5. 01/03/2013 11:40 am

    LOVE this! What an incredible way to teach and to pay it forward! Awesome post Elizabeth.
    b

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  6. 01/03/2013 3:21 pm

    Eliz I absolutely love this post!!!! The photography and the quotes around them are so powerful and stunning! Time to share this one on FB! I need to friend you!

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    • 11/03/2013 2:43 am

      Yes, lets get connected. I don’t have a lot of FB friends because I like the smallness of it. Let’s connect! 😉

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  7. itsmeenakshi77 permalink
    02/03/2013 3:22 am

    Very inspirational post. We humans are divided over every difference possible, how trivial the difference may be. Most unfortunate!

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    • 11/03/2013 2:46 am

      Indeed and thankfully, there are many in the world who wish all well. TY! 😉

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  8. 02/03/2013 8:21 am

    Inspiring. Kids are the future of the world. They are our hope!

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  9. 02/03/2013 10:08 am

    Thank you for the inspiring post, Elizabeth! Beautiful photos of kids, love the quotes!

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  10. 02/03/2013 11:03 am

    What an inspirational, creative, and educational endeavor. I am so impressed. What a wonderful experience for the 9 children as well.They’ll remember this project for the rest of their lives.

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    • 11/03/2013 2:51 am

      TY! They will and I was wondering about that too… What a gift! 😉

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  11. 02/03/2013 12:20 pm

    An amazing campaign! Shall have to read up on Black History Month. Thanks Eliz.

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    • 11/03/2013 2:55 am

      TY Madhu! It zipped by before I could even articulate a perspective about the black experience… 🙂

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  12. 02/03/2013 9:52 pm

    What precious children and I love the unique way they’ve been paired with historical figures. What an inspired project! This is lovely, Elizabeth!

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    • 24/05/2013 12:51 am

      TY so much! I’m terribly sorry I missed your comment when I responded to others… ugh! These poor eyes of mine. TY so much Debra. 🙂
      How are you doing?

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  13. 03/03/2013 6:10 am

    Excellent post… 🙂

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    • 24/05/2013 12:52 am

      TY and I’m sorry I missed your comment. I have no idea how that happened. Blessings! Howdy? 🙂

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  14. 03/03/2013 2:34 pm

    Reblogged this on Pinkpodster Ponders and commented:
    Very cool photography campaign by Eunique Jones featured.

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    • 06/03/2013 3:08 pm

      TY dear one and forgive me all… Will be catching up soon. PROMISE!

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  15. 03/03/2013 7:20 pm

    Such beautiful children! 🙂

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  16. Allyson Mellone permalink
    03/03/2013 9:46 pm

    To create a project for children to be re-icon-ed through casting of an important black figure is so enriching for the children. It helps them to learn about historical and contemporary events, and to start to understand the ability to be. I went over to Eunique Jones’ campaign site. I am going to spend more time looking at it because it really is inspirational for all. Thanks Eliz!

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  17. 04/03/2013 1:59 am

    This post is lovely and gives a prod on a very important area of modern life. I love the kids as icons bit. Heart warming and inspiring at the same time

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  18. 04/03/2013 12:55 pm

    Great quotes, as always. I clicked on the link and the photos but nothing is big enough for me to read. Argghh!

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    • 11/03/2013 2:59 am

      Oh dear sorry… You can visit her website and see huge copies there… 😉

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  19. 05/03/2013 3:46 am

    Wonderful post. Thanks too for sharing the photos

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  20. 07/03/2013 7:27 pm

    Very imaginative, Elizabeth. Thanks for sharing. Love this!

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  21. 15/04/2013 8:55 pm

    We had a discussion about Rosa Parks in the Ethics class I teach at school. What a gutsy lady she was. The students couldn’t fathom how people could be treated so poorly. One of the students (age 11) wrote a poem about her…

    57 years, 57 years
    what was it like back
    57 years

    Back 57 years
    it was 1955
    In Alabama, Alabama
    57 years

    Rosa Parks on
    a bus, First
    seats for Whites only
    Alabama 1955,
    57 years

    Black people, No
    pools, No shops
    Nothing. Whites were
    best. In Alabama
    Back 57 years

    Refuses, Refuses.
    Black fights back
    Rosa Parks, Sat in the seat, back
    57 years.

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  22. 24/05/2013 12:55 am

    Hakea darling TY!!! What a beautiful poem from a child and it’s powerful. Apologies too for my oversight. I’ve started over on this blog and checking old posts to make sure I didn’t miss a comment… Glad I’m doing this backcheck. TY! 🙂 How are you doing?

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