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