Black Panther is the must-see movie for 2018 for several reasons. Not only does it set the stage for the upcoming Marvel Infinity War movie later this year, it will be only the second Marvel standalone film featuring a black superhero as the main protagonist, and the first with a predominantly black cast.
The importance of this film to the black community around the globe cannot be understated. It’s a film many have waited a lifetime for and as the release date draws near, social activist Frederick Joseph felt this was a film that kids at the Harlem’s Boys and Girls Club needed to see. Joseph decided to raise funds to enable 300 kids and chaperones to attend a screening of Black Panther in February. Joseph explained his motivation via his GoFundMe page.
“The release of Marvel’s film the ‘Black Panther’ is a rare opportunity for young students (primarily of color) to see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life. This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally.”
Word of his efforts spread on social media allowing Joseph to exceed his goal of $10,000 and has now reached over $24,000. With that amount, they can afford some extra popcorn and plenty of giant sodas.
Flip the pages to read Frederick Joseph’s reaction to reaching his goal and to see what the extra funds will be used for.