Children Pose as Historical Black Figures

by Evette Dionne

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.

  • Chika

    Aaaah I love the Q-dog in the back! I saw these pics on buzzfeed yesterday. Super cute way of honoring our history :)

  • march pisces

    i saw these yesterday and love the divine 9 and spike lee pics.

    i agree with chika, love the omega man in the back…. :-)

  • Natalie B.

    Look at the lil’ dude in the back thowing up the Yo. Just want to eat him up!

  • AJ

    Too cute!!

  • Chillyroad

    Ridiculously cute and such a wonderful idea.

  • Skye

    These kids are sooo cute!

  • binks

    Awww adorable, love it!

  • Pat

    A perfect idea! These kids are so adorable! Cute and learning at the same time!! Can’t beat it..

  • onegirl

    Excellent idea, and gorgeous photos.

  • Daijana

    Our past and future combined in a great way!

  • Marisa

    Awww that is too cute I will say this cant stand Dr. Rice politics but that sista is accomplished, lil Ali ready to throw them hands lol and love lil Whoopi’s hair, this is a great idea and should be done every year. They represented not just one segment of success that are kids can achieve but all, they have the arts, sports, politics, education, activism kudos.

  • The Other Jess

    Beautiful. But it’s too bad that Colin Powell and Condi Rice are included. But aside form that, this project is awesome.

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  • Carefree

    There is nothing cute about this my “intellectuals” This is passive aggressive indoctrination. The D-9 eventually become full-fledged devil worshippers i.e. freemasons and eastern stars.

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