“All kids need to know this message […] you can be great,” explains the photographer Eunique Jones of her project Because Of Them We Can, a series if images in which kids dress up as inspirational figures in African American history and women’s history. The children, in engaging with figures who have achieved great acts of courage and activism, work to challenge prejudices about both race and gender.
Seen here as those social justice and feminist activists who came before us, these children are the movement’s future. In a culture where women and minorities are excluded from most history books, this project provides a powerful and inclusive narrative of those who made our freedoms possible, from suffragettes to pop stars (including former BUST cover girl Janelle Monae). Take a look.
Thanks to Because We Can
Images via Because We Can and Buzzfeed