Marvel’s “Black Panther” is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, and one New Yorker wants to make sure a group of Harlem kids get to see it.
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Frederick Joseph launched a GoFundMe earlier this month to help young students "see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life," he wrote on the campaign's page.
“This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally,” he continued.
Joseph set a lofty goal of $10,000 and has nearly tripled that amount, raking in $28,600 in just four days thanks to more than 700 contributors.
Just contributed to support @FredTJoseph’s effort to bring Harlem kids to see #BlackPanther. If you also believe representation matters & you’re able, I hope you’ll consider supporting, thank you: https://t.co/vaLO7JmEwl— Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) January 8, 2018
We know the importance of seeing yourself represented in media and are supporting @FredTJoseph’s fundraiser to send kids in Harlem to see #BlackPanther. Please spread the word! https://t.co/Xj8p2cduz5— Legion of Women (@LegionofWomen) January 9, 2018
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While he initially planned to gift the money to 300 children from the Harlem Children’s Zone, the nonprofit, which expressed much gratitude, was unable to accept the money. The Boys & Girls Club of Harlem will now receive the donation.
"We want to thank the organizers of this great fundraiser. Your commitment will help our kids see how powerful they can be!" the organization said on its Facebook page.
The funds will go toward purchasing tickets and refreshments for the children and chaperones. Remaining funds will be given to the Boys & Girls Club to help continue their work.
"Black Panther" hits theaters Feb. 16 nationwide. Tickets are on sale now.
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