Meet Tricia Messeroux, a Trailblazer Using Photography to Teach Black History to the Next Generation

Meet the lady bringing Black historical past into modern-day.

In honor of Black History Month, E! News’ Nina Parker spoke with photographer Tricia Messeroux, who’s working to light up the accomplishments of Black leaders like John Lewis different Harriet Tubman by recreating a few of their iconic moments with Black youngsters portraying these heroes in her photographs.

Messeroux is the creator of the web site Toddlewood, the place she recreates well-known purple carpet moments, film posters and different notable Hollywood snapshots with youngsters as the topic. However, just lately, she shifted gears to give attention to a extra historic strategy to her images with the Toddlewood Engineers of Equality Project. The transfer was in response to the police killing of George Floyd, which sparked Black Lives Matter protests throughout the globe final summer season.

According to her website, Messeroux “felt the responsibility to educate through art and inclusion by way of Toddlewood, her globally celebrated photography brand.” She obtained over 3,000 submissions from mother and father who needed their youngsters to be part of the challenge, with over 30 chosen to painting icons like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Angela Davis, Nina Simone, Ava Duvernay, Kendrick Lamar, and Nelson Mandela.