Prepare for your heart to literally melt. Popular photographer and “I Am Trayvon Martin” creator Eunique Johnson has been honoring Black History month in a very special and rather adorable way. In her “Because of Them We Can” series, the Maryland-based photographer has been releasing one photo per day for the entire month of February via her Facebook and Instagram pages, in addition to the “Because of Them We Can” website of children dressed as historic figures in the Black community. Jones expressed on the project’s website that she was inspired when she learned that her photographic lens can also be used as a microphone to communicate powerful messages.
“As a motivational speaker and a photographer, I recently realized that my lens can also be my microphone. For Black History Month, I wanted to create a campaign that would empower and excite young people about their history and their future in a creative and yet relatable way. I thought about my two sons and how they were both born during President Barack Obama’s election and re-election. How awesome is that?! From there, I began to think about all of the individuals, past and current, who have and/or continue to blaze new trails and pave the way for the future. Because of Them, We Can,” she wrote.
She also expressed that 28 days simply isn’t enough time to truly honor those who have come before us.
“With each new day that a photograph has been released, I realize more and more that 28 days just isn’t enough time. There are so many people to pay homage to and so many young and impressionable minds to postively influence…now. “
This tribute is absolutely amazing. Not only does it honor historic Black icons, but it also appears to be an effective method of teaching Black children about their heritage and history.