Mom had the idea to dress daughter up as notable black women to teach her about history and civil rights.
When Lola Jones, 5, came home from her Kent elementary school last month with questions about Martin Luther King Jr., her parents decided it was time to have a talk about slavery and civil rights
“Deep and heavy” topics that could be hard for a little girl to understand, according to her mother, Cristi Jones.
But Jones had an idea. Her daughter loved to dress up, and Black History Month was just around the corner.
What if Lola learned about the contributions of notable black women while dressing up as them and re-creating their most iconic looks?
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“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, 29, then posted pictures on her Facebook and Twitter accounts of the women alongside photos of her daughter channeling them in their most well-known poses.
“Doing a Black History Month photo project w/ my 5 y.o. One photo recreated of one incredible black woman every day in Feb. This was Day 1,” wrote Jones alongside pictures of Nina Simone and Lola with her hair in a white wrap and her gaze down.
The hardest part, said Jones, an artist, baker and stay-at-home mom to Lola and 19-month-old Eden, was figuring out which women to feature.
”I’ve always had a love of black history,” Jones said. “I wrote about Zora…