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5-Year-Old Pays Tribute to Historical Black History Icons

Mom Shared Powerful Photos of Her Daughter Dressed Up as Historical Black Figures

It's never too early to educate kids about black history, and that's exactly what one mom thought when she decided to dress up her 5-year-old daughter, Lola, as iconic black women throughout American history. "Doing a Black History Month photo project w/ my 5 y.o. One photo recreated of one incredible black woman every day in Feb." Cristi Smith-Jones tweeted earlier this month.

Cristi says Lola's love for dress up is what inspired her "to physically turn her into women who have opened doors and created opportunities for girls just like her." Those women include Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman to travel in space, Josephine Baker, a popular singer and dancer of the 1920s, and Bessie Coleman, the first African American and Native American woman to earn a pilot license.

"Rosa Parks was [also] one of her favorites, jail number and all. She says that Rosa was very brave." Critisi shared. "She'll be able to look back at them years from now, and hopefully have fond memories, and still feel empowered," she told Mashable. See some of the powerful tribute photos ahead.

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