Because Of Them We Can Kids React To Stacey Dash Canceling Black History Month
Because of Them We Can, the campaign to educate and connect a new generation of heroes to pave the way, told a group of kids that Stacey Dash was canceling Black History Month… A few weeks ago, the Clueless actress sat down for an interview where she insinuated that Black History Month only promotes segregation.
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On October 28, 2008, just days before the election of Barack Obama, the first African American President of the United States, Eunique Jone’s first son Chase was born. On July 9, 2012, a few months before President Obama’s historic re-election, her second son Amari was born. Six months later, a few days before February 2013, Eunique began to reflect on her sons and their promising future – specifically the opportunities they could pursue as a result of the progress and achievements made by individuals past and present. She also thought about the responsibility and at times the fear, she carries as a mother raising Black boys.
I thought about how just one-year prior, Trayvon Martin was murdered. The murder and circumstances surrounding Trayvon’s death awakened my consciousness and moved me to create the “I Am Trayvon Martin” photo campaign. It was through this painful time for the Martin family and America that I came to realize that my lens could truly serve as a microphone that could amplify the feelings, fears, dreams and even the pain of a community.
The Because of Them, We Can campaign was birthed out of Eunique Jones’ desire to share our rich history and promising future through images that would refute stereotypes and build the esteem of our children. While she originally intended to publish the campaign photos, via social media, during Black History Month, she 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, she 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, she released a photo of a mini-inspired Phyllis Wheatley and began the journey to continue the project for a full year.
A year later Eunique has come to the conclusion that even 365 days aren’t enough. What began as a mother’s passion project quickly evolved into a movement. Today they are committed as ever before to encourage and empower people of all ages and hues to dream out loud and reimagine themselves as greater than they are, simply by connecting the dots between the past, the present and the future.
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