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3 Years Later, This Kid Dressed as 28 Historic Women For Black History Month, Is Still Perfect

Channeling 28 black women every day in February since 2017!

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The start of the February marks Black History Month and every year, one parent honors it celebrating incredible black women who changed the course of history. In 2017, Seattle-based mom, Cristi Smith-Jones, started a photo series featuring her then 5-year-old daughter, Lola. Every day of February, Smith-Jones helps Lola dress up as different famous black woman through history, and she’s kept the theme going for several years.

In 2017, on Martin Luther King Day in January, Smith-Jones got the idea. She told CNN that her daughter came home from school that day and shared the lessons she learned about the civil rights leader. Smith-Jones and her partner saw this interest as an opportunity to dig deeper into history.

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“She seemed to understand where we were coming from,” Cristi Smith-Jones said to CNN. “Since it’s a heavy topic, we wanted to find a way to make learning about black history fun for her,” and the idea to dress up a new historical figure every day for the month was born.

The family has kept the monthly tradition going for over 2 years now, and Lola has learned about so many amazing black women along the way. She’s dressed up as Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel into space:

She’s been Hazel Scott, the first black person to have their own TV show in the United States:

Lola has learned about the history of civil rights activist Harriet Tubman:

She has channeled Rosa Parks, Shirley Chisolm, the first black woman elected to Congress and the first to run for president of the United States.

Smith-Jones shows the photos of each historical woman to Lola, who then chooses whom she wants to recreate. Together they look for the items to put together the outfit and mom shoots and edits them right on her phone.

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This year, Lola has recreated the look of the “Queen of the Blues” Mamie Smith and Janet Jackson, too.

This is a fantastic example of using your child’s interest to springboard it into something bigger, with a great lesson for everyone, and having something fun to do together, too. This month is just beginning so it will be fun to see what the two come up with this year.