Photographer Captures Black History In A Visual Book

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By Andrew Scot Bolsinger

What started as a Black History month photo collection last year has grown into a full –time job, campaign and book with more than 375 photos of famous and relatively unknown blacks taken when they were children.

Photographer Eunique Jones Gibson launched a campaign named “Because of Them, We Can,” which is also the title of her photographic compilation. The inspiration grew from her desire to find a visual way to show black history last year, Jones Gibson told the Grio.

“Last year right before Black History month I started to think about all of the progress we have made as a people as a community and how that progress translates to opportunity for my children,” she said.

She made several posters with famous people as children next to famous quotes. Eventually she gathered a total of 375 pictures for the book, which includes photos of an array of icons, entertainment figures and leaders within African-American community like Spike Lee, Tyler Perry, Harriet Tubman, Beyonce and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. among others.

“There are some well-knowns and there are some unknowns that I hope people will discover,” Jones Gibson said.

The book compiles famous photographs and photographs she has taken. For example, the cover of the book is a photo of her own son posed in one of Muhammad Ali’s famous boxing photos.

“As for the photos in the book, they are enthralling – each shows significant prominence that ties the essence of the African-American community’s past, present and future together in just one shot,” the Grio reported.

Jones Gibson said the book sends a simple message of empowerment.

“We’re worthy, we’re worth it. There is greatness that exists within us…. We are a powerful great people with an amazing history and a great potential,” she said.

The book can be purchased at Jones Gibson’s web site, www.becauseofthemwecan.com

Source: thegrio

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com

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