The Divine 9

Photographer Eunique Jones curated 28 photos for the “Because of them, we can…” essay. The inventive collage features 40 children posing as influential past and present black figures including Spike Lee, Whoopi Goldberg, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Frederick Douglass.

Jones was inspired to produce the project for Black History Month to honor the legacies of those featured and teach her two children the importance of homage. She told the Grio, “[This project is] something that the kids needed to see. The message has legs.”

She used Facebook to request submissions from parents and received an overwhelming response. More than 300 parents sent headshots of their children and Jones selected 40. However, the positive reactions to her work has Jones considering extending the project to include other figures, including President Obama.

“This is the first time I’ve been so adamant to find a way to make it happen,” she told the Grio. “I feel like this message is relevant and so awesome. It pays tribute to history and pays tribute to the future that lies ahead.”

To see the full “Because of them, we can…” photo essay, click here.

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