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 cultural architect from the Washington D.C. metropolitan area decided to get back to basics — in the most adorable of ways.
In February 2013, Eunique Jones Gibson released a series of engaging and “aww-inducing” photographs in an effort to “educate and connect a new generation to heroes who have paved the way” — dressing children of all ages up to send a powerful message that was both meant to create an accurate narrative of our past and transform the dilution of Black History Month.
Her third video, a nod to boxing great and activist Muhammad Ali, can be viewed above.
“I am America. I am the part you won’t recognize. But get used to me. Black, confident, cocky…is my name, not yours. It’s my religion, it’s not yours. My goals, my own…get used to me. Your dream is out there. Go get it.”
Visual narratives of Nelson Mandela’s journey and Rosa Parks’ activism can be viewed here.
Check out this video of Gibson discussing her too cute campaign with GlobalGrind:
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.