Atlanta Hawks, others join #BlackPantherChallenge

Taurean Prince, Mike Muscala and the Atlanta Hawks have accepted the #BlackPantherChallenge,” inviting 150 teens and chaperones to see the blockbuster movie on Wednesday.

The idea, said Andrea Carter, Hawks senior director of corporate social responsibility, is to show youth that “everybody can be a hero,” regardless of where they live, income level or ability.

The effort is part of the growing #BlackPantherChallenge, in which churches, organizations, celebrities and less well-known people are raising money to take young people to the see the movie.

The movie, starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Danai Gurira, was filmed in Atlanta and has broken box-office records.

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Among those attending tomorrow’s event at the Regal Atlanta Station Stadium 18 in Midtown are teens from the At-Promise Center, BlazeSports Jr. Hawks Wheelchair Basketball Team, Raising Expectations, local parks and recreation centers and youth affected by the juvenile justice system.

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The night includes a walk down the red carpet with the youth and Hawks players. Prince and Muscala will also participate in a question and answer session before the film begins.

It’s not too late to get involved.

Several #BlackPantherChallenge initiatives are on listed on the GoFundMe website.

For instance, in January, Abnerd Joseph, a 7th grade pre-algebra teacher at Harper-Archer Middle School in Atlanta, started a fundraising campaign  to take his students to see “Black Panther.”

“Never before has a film of this magnitude seen such diversity,” he wrote . “More than 95% of my students are of African-American heritage so this would be a great opportunity for them to see themselves depicted on screen.”

On Tuesday, the Phoenix Leadership Foundation, a nonprofit formed by Bailey and his wife, NBC news correspondent Blayne Alexander, took more than 700 at a theater in Tucker.

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The movie, starring Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan and Danai Gurira, was filmed in Atlanta and has broken box-office records.

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The #BlackPantherChallege is “more than just a movie,” said Gabrielle Union, in a video message posted on Twitter.

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