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There are dozens of ways to honor black icons but the Style Influencers Group, a network connecting influencers of color with brands chose budding key players in black media and a series of striking photos to honor black legends with a project titled We Are Black History. Activist and Organizer turned Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Deray Mckesson (Martin Luther King Jr0 is among the bevy of influential folks chosen. Poet/Educator Joshua Bennett (Frederick Douglas), Essence.com Digital Content Director Anslem Samuel Rocque (Jackie Robinson) and EBONY’s DIgital Culture Consultant Cory Townes (W.E.B Dubois) are also featured in the photos taken by Jerome A. Shaw.

Activist, Organizer and Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Deray Mckesson as Martin Luther King, Jr.

Activist, Organizer and Baltimore Mayoral Candidate Deray Mckesson as Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Writer and The Lowe Factor Founder Jared Michael Lowe as Langston Hughes

Writer and The Lowe Factor Founder Jared Michael Lowe as Langston Hughes

 

CEO of Kings Rule Together Clothing Curran J. as Malcolm X

CEO of Kings Rule Together Clothing Curran J. as Malcolm X

View the full photo series here and check out the behind the scenes video footage over at Essence.

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