African American History, Black History, Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm to Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Misty Copeland, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMN

5-year-old Kent girl re-creates iconic photos of notable black women for Black History Month – The Seattle Times 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?

African American History, Black History, Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm to Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Misty Copeland, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNThe girl’s name is Lola Jones and sheÕs posing as various black women in history. | Courtesy of Cristi Jones

African American History, Black History, Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm to Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Misty Copeland, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNThe girl’s name is Lola Jones and sheÕs posing as various black women in history. | Courtesy of Cristi Jones

African American History, Black History, Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm to Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Misty Copeland, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNThe girl’s name is Lola Jones and sheÕs posing as various black women in history. | Courtesy of Cristi Jones

African American History, Black History, Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm to Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Misty Copeland, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNThe girl’s name is Lola Jones and sheÕs posing as various black women in history. | Courtesy of Cristi Jones

African American History, Black History, Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm to Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Misty Copeland, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNThe girl’s name is Lola Jones and sheÕs posing as various black women in history. | Courtesy of Cristi Jones

African American History, Black History, Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm to Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Misty Copeland, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNThe girl’s name is Lola Jones and sheÕs posing as various black women in history. | Courtesy of Cristi Jones

African American History, Black History, Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm to Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Misty Copeland, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNThe girl’s name is Lola Jones and sheÕs posing as various black women in history. | Courtesy of Cristi Jones

African American History, Black History, Rosa Parks and Shirley Chisholm to Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Misty Copeland, KOLUMN Magazine, KOLUMNThe girl’s name is Lola Jones and sheÕs posing as various black women in history. | Courtesy of Cristi Jones



Civil rights activist Rosa Parks refused to surrender her bus seat to a white passenger, spurring the Montgomery boycott and other efforts to end segregation.

Civil rights activist Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. Her refusal to surrender her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus spurred a city-wide boycott. The city of Montgomery had no choice but to lift the law requiring segregation on public buses. Rosa Parks received many accolades during her lifetime, including the NAACP’s highest award. (Biography).