Middle school students recreate iconic book, album covers for Black History Month
A group of sixth graders in Milwaukee is celebrating Black History Month by recreating iconic book and album covers made by influential black figures.
Throughout the month of February, students at Milwaukee College Prep have been paying homage to their heroes, from Michelle Obama to Malcolm X, by quite literally "Becoming" them in a project dubbed "Representation is Key."
Their teacher, Terrance Sims Jr., took to Facebook to share photos of the students posing as their African-American role models did on the covers of some of their most acclaimed works.
“When you look at TV, a lot people that look like us just aren’t portrayed the way they should be and we want to make sure that black excellence is really shown on the higher platform,” Sims told Inside Edition.
See some of their recreations below:
"Becoming," Michelle Obama
"The Autobiography of Malcolm X," Malcolm X and Alex Haley
"The Skin I'm In," Sharon G. Flake
"Assata: An Autobiography," Assata Shakur
"The Hate U Give," Angie Thomas
The Diary of Alicia Keys, Alicia Keys
"Dear Martin," Nic Stone
Sims, who insists his creative students are the brains behind the now-viral project, hopes his class will have at least 30 images completed by the end of the month.
"Youth need to see success, for them to look up and see students in their same city looking like success," he told Inside Edition. "I think it’s really important."