- Najja Parker The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Black Panther” is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and thousands of children may have a chance to see it for free thanks to the #BlackPantherChallenge.
Earlier this month, Frederick Joseph of New York launched a GoFundMe to help students from the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem “see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life,” he wrote on the campaign page. He set a lofty goal of $10,000 and nearly quadrupled that amount, raking in more than $40,000 in just a few weeks.
With all of the attention he garnered, including an appearance on the The Ellen Show, he began asking others to start similar fundraisers in their own communities.
“This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally,” he said.
People have answered the call, because 90 campaigns have been created, with more than $100,000 raised, Joseph announced this week.
“What started as an effort to give young people an opportunity to see themselves in a story, has become an opportunity to provide access for them to TELL THEIR OWN stories,” said on Twitter.
Many have shared their excitement on social media, encouraging others to hop on board for the #BlackPantherChallenge and donate. Several have called it an “amazing” and “incredible” endeavor.
Want to learn more about the initiative? Take a look at the details here. “Black Panther” hits theaters Feb. 16.