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"The Because of Them, We Can campaign was birthed out of my desire to share our rich history and promising future through images that would refute stereotypes and build the esteem of our children."-Eunique Jones, Creator of Because of Them We Can

Google's the go-to, but Maryland-based photographer Enique Jones Gibson has found another way to teach kids (and adults) about the key players of black history -- by dressing them up as the icons themselves.



The project, which has expanded from Facebook to billboards and video public service announcements, includes mini-me versions of historical figures like Maya Angelou, Frederick Douglass, Desmond Tutu and the first Miss Black America 1968 Saundra Williams. But it also features present-day trailblazers like Lupita Nyong’o, Ava DuVernay and Jesse Williams.

The Mission :To Educate and Connect a New Generation to Heroes Who Have Paved the Way


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  1. Fuzzy 22 January, 2015 at 08:45 Reply

    The Miss Black America pageant was started because there were no black women in the original Miss America pageants. Even today African American women feel judged differently because their natural beauty does not fit the Western standard of beauty. There isn’t enough support of black beauty & talent for young girls as it is. Keep the momentum!

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