"Because of Them, We Can" initially began as a 30-day photo project to celebrate black history and "empower and excite young people about their history and their future." But following the success of the 30-day campaign, photographer Eunique Jones realized one month was simply not enough time to honor the trailblazers that have paved the way for so many. Jones extended the project into a yearlong endeavor, produced calendars and posters, created an equally adorable homage to overlooked figures in women's history, and eventually published a beautiful coffee table book.
This time, "Because of Them, We Can" is back but as "Por Ellos, Sí Podemos", a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 to Oct. 15). "We want to continue to provide imagery and messages to uplift children whose dreams and self-esteem are constantly attacked," Jones told BuzzFeed. "Por Ellos, Si Podemos" features 31 total portraits, both in Spanish and English, of artists, scientists, activists, athletes, and cultural figures that have shaped, and continue to shape, Latino history.