Because of Them, We Can

When we first saw the Because of Them We Can project by Eunique Jones, we knew we had to share it.

Jones honors heroes who have paved the way for those to come by capturing both that inspiration and potential in her photography. The images of children posing as these icons are not only cute, but they are definitely chills-inducing. Here's what Jones says about her project:

The Because of Them, We Can campaign was birthed out of my desire to share our rich history and promising future through images that would refute stereotypes and build the esteem of our children. While I originally intended to publish the campaign photos, via social media, during Black History Month, I quickly realized how necessary it was to go further. With so many achievers to highlight, and thousands of children to engage and inspire, 28 days wasn't enough. On the last day of February, with just 28 photographs in my collection, I decided to resign from my job in order to continue the campaign. On March 1, 2013, after most national and local conversations about Black History and Achievement ended, I released a photo of a mini-inspired Phyllis Wheatley and began the journey to continue the project for a full year.

While MAKERS is showcasing a selection of female icons, Jones' project spans beyond women, and you should definitely check the full thing out here.


Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Color Purple, Alice Walker

Caribbean-American writer, radical feminist and civil rights activist, Audre Lorde.

Former Secretary of State, and the first African American woman to hold the post, Condoleezza Rice

Trailblazing actress and star of groundbreaking television series Julia, Diahann Carroll

Civil rights leader, Diane Nash

Educator and civil rights and women's rights activist, Dorothy Height

U.S. Congresswoman, Eleanor Holmes Norton

Civil rights and human rights activist, Ella Josephine Baker 

Blues, jazz and gospel vocalist and actress, Ethel Waters

Civil rights activist instrumental in organizing Mississippi Freedom Summer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, Fannie Lou Hamer

Known as the "Moses" of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Tubman

Academy-award winning actress, Hattie McDaniel

The woman who was the unwitting source of cells (from her cancerous tumor) which were cultured and created the first known human immortal cell line for medical research, now known as the HeLa cell line, Henrietta Lacks 

Dancer, singer and actress, Josephine Baker

Artistic Director Emerita, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Judith Jamison

Champion basketball player, Lisa Leslie

The first African American woman to travel in space, Mae Jemison

Contralto and one of the most celebrated singers of the twentieth century, Marian Anderson

Ballet dancer, Misty Copeland

Media mogul, Oprah Winfrey

The first published African American woman, Phyllis Wheatley

"The first lady of civil rights," Rosa Parks

The first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination and U.S. Congresswoman, Shirley Chisholm