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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
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