Eunique Jones is a photographer looking to change the world. And she is doing just that with her new photography project, “Because of Them, We Can…”
It started as a month long venture to celebrate Black History Month. But because of its success, Jones decided to quit her day job and spend an entire year devoted to remembering and commemorating prominent figures in black history.
In her own words, Jones sees the “Because of Them, We Can…” campaign as something that 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.”
This year, she decided to focus on prominent women throughout history. Prepare to be both inspired and amused.
1. Alice Walker
“It’s kind of hard to restrict the celebration of Women’s History into just one month as there are far too many women to highlight beyond the month of March,” said Jones.
2. Anne Frank
3. Audre Lorde
“This is an ongoing effort, however, we wanted to highlight a few women who have helped break barriers and glass ceilings for us all,” Jones mentioned in her blog.
4. Cheryl Boone Isaacs
5. Dominique Dawes and Gabby Douglas
“The first series showed us how necessary these positive images were and allowed me to think bigger as far as my approach and planning is concerned. Rather than allotting one month to this, I’m committed to spending as much time as possible to connect the dots between the past, present and future.”
6. Dr. Mae Jemison
“After photographing and engaging with over 650 children in less than a year (in order to capture 365 images), I am not only inspired by my boys, but I am also inspired by the hope and potential that all children possess.”
7. Frida Kahlo
8. Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes
“As we traveled the country engaging parents and children from all walks of life, we quickly realized that each child needs this message… regardless of their hue. I realized that there is a battle going on in each neighborhood, school and home and it is for the self-esteem of our young people.”
9. Hillary Clinton
10. Janet Reno
“There are numerous issues that divide us, however, wouldn’t it be great if worked together to inundate children all over with these messages of excellence, accomplishment and responsibility?”
11. Malala Yousafzai
12. Michelle Obama
“Children need to be introduced to all examples of excellence, whether that is through an image highlighting Charles Drew, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Albert Eistein, Connie Chung, Zora Neale Hurston, Susan B. Anthony, or Malala.”
13. Moms Mabley
“We choose the figures based on women we felt were bold and vocal in advocating for change and breaking both barriers and the glass ceiling. There were other women who could have been featured as well, however we featured many of them throughout our 365 quest last year.”
15. Susan B. Anthony
What’s next for the project? Jones plans to continue her inspiring work and expand to cover other role models for children, regardless of race or sex. If you’re interested in learning more or buying a copy of her book, check out her blog.
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