Understanding Dr. Carter G. Woodson’s purpose behind creating an annual ritual to acknowledge and accumulate the contributions of blacks in the face of overt racism, a young photographer and activist from the Washington D.C. metropolitan area decided to get back to basics.
In February 2013, Eunique Jones Gibson released a series of engaging photographs in an effort to “educate and connect a new generation to heroes who have paved the way” — a successful and powerful message that was both meant to create an accurate narrative of our past and transform the dilution of Black History Month.
With her effective (and adorable) project widely received and shared all over the nation, Gibson set out to disseminate even more information while bringing the message full circle — “sharing our rich history and promising future through images that would refute stereotypes and build the esteem of our children.”
On Monday, February 3, 2014, a day Gibson has dubbed “Black Monday,” she will begin to release her latest project to observe black history. Throughout the month of February, her powerful photos will take on a more interactive form as visual narratives of black history figures. The first video, a historical account of Rosa Park’s activism, ends with these powerful words, signaling a celebration for the past, and our job to carry that inspiration and courage into the future:
“Because of Rosa Parks, we can face our fears and boldly walk in the direction of our dreams. Because of them…we can.”
Visit BecauseOfThemWeCan for more information on Gibson’s campaign. And make sure to check in with GlobalGrind every Monday, Wednesday and Friday for a new video to celebrate Black History Month.