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.