Today is the official end of Black History Month, a time that doesn’t exactly lend itself to easygoing celebrations. There’s a good portion of folks who argue that black history shouldn’t be limited to a month-long celebration, and still others who see it as a unique time to highlight black America’s contributions to this country. Regardless of where you fall along that spectrum, here’s one thing that everyone can agree on: adorable and hilarious kids.
Throughout the month of February, Maryland-based photographer Eunique Jones has been doing a series called “Because Of Them, We Can” that pays tribute to black leaders whose sacrifices paved the way for younger generations to realize their dreams. According to Jones’s website, the intention was pretty straightforward:
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.
Each day of February, Jones released an new photograph that linked the present to the past. The photos each feature kids-lookalikes to some of the most notable names in black film, activism, and sports.