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Milwaukee College prep students recreate iconic photos to celebrate Black History Month

Posted at 7:00 PM, Feb 14, 2019
and last updated 2020-02-03 14:08:52-05

From Malcolm X to Michelle Obama, students at Milwaukee College Prep are recreating iconic photos to honor people who have made huge impacts on society.

Teacher Terrance Sims believes this is a way to help the students see themselves as successful. Each year his class does a special assignment for Black History Month.

This year, students asked if they could recreate book covers. Sims decided it would be a good idea for students to read the books as well.

“I thought it was important for my students to see themselves as successful, so I thought the best way to do that is to find images of people who look like them who are already successful and put them in those places,” Sims said.

Sixtth-grade student Brooklyn Jones is now reading the book who’s cover she recreated: Becoming Michelle Obama.

"It opened my eyes to see how she grew up as a kid and to show how she was just like some of us,” Jones Said.

Students hope to have at least 30 looks photographed by the end of the month.

So far, they’ve recreated photos of Assata Shakur, Stevie Wonder and Malcolm X.