Black History Month

One Child Recreated Iconic Moments In Black History Every Single Day In February

"She'll be able to look back at them years from now, and hopefully have fond memories, and still feel empowered."

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Mom Cristi Smith-Jones and her daughter Lola are sharing one photo every day of Black History Month in February to help teach others about the people pushing the Black community forward. 

The tradition began last year when Cristi Smith-Jones shared photos of Lola posing as iconic Black women. Lola, who was 5 years old at the time, dressed as Sojourner Truth, Misty Copeland, Katherine Johnson, and more, and Smith-Jones provided context about the women and their influence on society. 

"She'll be able to look back at them years from now, and hopefully have fond memories, and still feel empowered," Smith-Jones told Mashable last year. "Because I want her to learn more about Black history than just those we feature, we talk about other significant figures, watch movies and videos online, things of that nature." 

Now, the mother-daughter duo's at it again.  This year, they began the month honoring Langston Hughes, on what would be his 116th birthday.

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From there, Lola has continued showcasing her different looks, highlighting not only iconic women, but paying tribute to various artists and their songs, poems, sculptures, books, films, plays, and more.

For example, on February 5, Lola and her mother recreated a bronze sculpture by activist and artist Augusta Savage, linking to more information behind the work. 

"You're doing a great job with your daughter and your art," one Twitter user commented on Smith-Jones's post. "Thanks for sharing."

We love that Smith-Jones and her daughter have taken the time to recreate each and every one of these looks and share it on a public platform to encourage others to take notice. The resulting images are informative, empowering, and a beautiful way to recognize Black History Month. 

Check out all of this month's posts below:

February 1: Langston Hughes

February 2: James Porter

February 3: Gwendolyn Brooks' "A song in the front yard"

Febraury 4: Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit"

February 5: Augusta Savage

February 6: Nikki Giovanni's "ego-tripping (there may be a reason why)"

February 7: Toni Morrison and Slade Morrison's "Little Cloud and Lady Wind"

February 8: Peola from "Imitation of Life"

February 9: Eloise Greenfield's "Tradition"

February 10: Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun"

February 11: Laura Wheeler Waring's "Girl in Red Dress"

February 12: "Eves Bayou" and "A Child With The Blues"

February 13: Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

February 14: Maya Angelou's "In And Out Of Time"

February 15: "Black Panther"

February 16: Margaret Walker's "Molly Means"

February 17: Alice Walker's "The Color Purple"

February 18: "Summertime"

February 19: Miss Benita of "In Living Color" and Khadijah of "Living Single"

February 20: Octavia Butler's "Kindred"

February 21: Audre Lorde's "Coping"

February 22: Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow is Enuf"

February 23: Titus Kaphar

February 24: Fran Ross' "Oreo"

February 25: "Underground"

February 26: Nina Simone's "Four Women"

February 27: Representation of the Fantasy Genre

A Plus will update this article once Smith-Jones Tweets a photo for 2/28. 

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