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Because of Them, We Can

Greetings,

I am IN LOVE with these photographs! Check out more at: http://www.becauseofthemwecan.com/

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The site describes their mission as:

The Mission :To Educate and Connect a New Generation to Heroes Who Have Paved the Way

On October 28, 2008, just days before the election of Barack Obama, the first African American President of the United States, my first son Chase was born. On July 9, 2012, a few months before President Obama’s historic re-election, my second son Amari was born. Six months later, a few days before February 2013, I began to reflect on my sons and their promising future – specifically the opportunities they could pursue as a result of the progress and achievements made by individuals past and present. I also thought about the responsibility and at times the fear, I carry as a mother raising Black boys. I thought about how just one-year prior, Trayvon Martin was murdered. The murder and circumstances surrounding Trayvon’s death awakened my consciousness and moved me to create the “I Am Trayvon Martin” photo campaign. It was through this painful time for the Martin family and America that I came to realize that my lens could truly serve as a microphone that could amplify the feelings, fears, dreams and even the pain of a community.

The Because of Them, We Can campaign was birthed out of my desire to share our rich history and promising future through images that would refute stereotypes and build the esteem of our children. While I originally intended to publish the campaign photos, via social media, during Black History Month, I quickly realized how necessary it was to go further. With so many achievers to highlight, and thousands of children to engage and inspire, 28 days wasn’t enough. On the last day of February, with just 28 photographs in my collection, I decided to resign from my job in order to continue the campaign. On March 1, 2013, after most national and local conversations about Black History and Achievement ended, I released a photo of a mini-inspired Phyllis Wheatley and began the journey to continue the project for a full year.

A year later I have come to the conclusion that even 365 days aren’t enough. What began as a mother’s passion project quickly evolved into a movement. Today we are committed as ever before to encourage and empower people of all ages and hues to dream out loud and reimagine themselves as greater than they are, simply by connecting the dots between the past, the present and the future.

I think that you will enjoy them too!  Black History 365!

Best,

Nikala Asante

Black History Month Kickoff: 5 Great Teaching Resources

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Greetings!

Happy first day of Black History Month! Although here, we celebrate Africana (people of African descent around the world, spread by voluntary and forced migration) history and culture year round. ;)

To kick the month off right, here is a list of 5 free Black History resources:

Smithsonian Education:

Includes lesson plans, a virtual African American cultural heritage tour, audio recordings of music and poetry, reading lists, and more.

Edsitement’s Guide to Black History Month Teaching Resources:

Includes an array of multimedia resources journeying through African Americans’ history from 1450-present.

Edutopia:

Provides a list of great teaching resources while affirming that “Black history is American history”.

FarmLib:

Another awesome list of resources, including lesson plans, music, photographs, film, and more.

Best History Sites:

A final list of resources – multimedia, lesson plans, and activities.

Enjoy!

Best,

Nikala Asante