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Kindergartner Re-creates Images Of Iconic Black Women For Black History Month

Kindergartner Re-creates Images Of Iconic Black Women For Black History MonthKindergartner Re-creates Images Of Iconic Black Women For Black History Month

A fter 5-year-old Lola Jones questioned her parents about historic Black figures, her mother Cristi Jones wanted to go beyond having a conversation about Black history. As a way for Lola to learn about the contributions of significant Black women, she dressed her up as notable figures and re-created some of their most iconic photos, reports the Seattle Times .

From the Seattle Times :

“I started thinking that this would be a fun way for her to learn about the strong women who paved the way for the youth of today,” Jones said.

So Lola’s mom hit the thrift stores and the internet, spending less than $40 on a few props — an aviator hat, a bonnet, two wigs and a little boy’s jacket — and repurposed items from the house and began their pictorial project.

Starting on Jan. 31, Jones helped her daughter transform into some of America’s most accomplished and admired black women, from Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm to Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, and Misty Copeland.

Jones took to social media to post the images which eventually went viral.

Jones says that many of the lessons Lola learned about the racism that Blacks in America have endured were hard to teach but very necessary. “There is a little fear in learning people were hated for the color of their skin,” Jones told the Seattle Times. “But we stressed that while we still have farther to go, we have come a very long way and that’s why she can go to school with all of her friends who are different colors and religions.”

SOURCE: Seattle Times

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M uhammad Ali Jr. , the son of the late legendary boxer Muhammad Ali , was reportedly detained and questioned about his religion at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport earlier this month, reports USA Today .

From USA Today :

Muhammad Ali Jr., 44, and his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, the second wife of Muhammad Ali, were arriving at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on Feb. 7 after returning from speaking at a Black History Month event in Montego Bay, Jamaica. They were pulled aside while going through customs because of their Arabic-sounding names, according to family friend and lawyer Chris Mancini.

Immigration officials let Camacho-Ali go after she showed them a photo of herself with her ex-husband, but her son did not have such a photo and wasn’t as lucky. Mancini said officials held and questioned Ali Jr. for nearly two hours, repeatedly asking him, “Where did you get your name from?” and “Are you Muslim?”

When Ali Jr. responded that yes, he is a Muslim, the officers kept questioning him about his religion and where he was born. Ali Jr. was born in Philadelphia in 1972 and holds a U.S. passport.

Chris Mancini , a lawyer for the Ali family, says that Ali’s detainment by immigration officials was directly connected to President Donald Trump ’s controversial travel ban. “To the Ali family, it’s crystal clear that this is directly linked to Mr. Trump’s efforts to ban Muslims from the United States,” Mancini told USA Today.

SOURCE: USA Today

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