Frederick Joseph, a mentor for the Boys and Girls Club started a GoFundMe drive to bring New York kids to see Marvels's Black Panther when it hits the theaters this February and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, and Forest Whitaker
The GoFundMe page reads:
“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.”
The goal of $10,000 was smashed and as of the writing of this story, funds are over $36,000. That is going to make for a lot of happy kids! The excitement over BVlack Panther has been building and it pre-sale tickets for much anticipated Civil War.
Twitter was all about it.
I hope when young black kids see Black Panther that they are inspired to want to be storytellers and want to make movies.— Sherrick The Creator (@Chief_Sherrick) January 8, 2018
I think Black Panther is going to be one of the most important movies ever made. I've never really had a superhero in my childhood who represented me (an arab) but I know how much I would've been excited had there been. Now kids of color have that chance and it's gonna be good!— Sif-san (@Sif_san_) January 7, 2018
Even Chelsea Clinton was getting in on the campaign.
Of course there were a few naysayers. It's the internet after all.
Not to be an asshole but if the 10k is for underprivileged kids, wouldn't it be more beneficial to use this for other things besides a movie? Again, no disrespect.— Mr. Charles (@ThisisCH) January 8, 2018
Maybe they could have raised money for new books and technology in school. Maybe community centers. Maybe anything— Vicc R (@Veni_VICTORvici) January 10, 2018
Priorities all types of fucked that 10,000 could go to some useful shit but instead it’s going to a movie they could see for free online 😐— SkyPie (@LovelySky143) January 10, 2018
Fredrick Joseph, the creator of the fund, responded in the best way.
Other communities are jumping on board for the Black Panther Challenge.
"Today I am announcing the #BlackPantherChallenge. I am challenging you to start a GoFundMe to buy tickets for kids in your city to see Black Panther,” - @FredTJoseph. Ten campaigns that join the challenge will receive $100! Get started here: https://t.co/KPmuU49ORL pic.twitter.com/GRB2s0otOJ— GoFundMe (@gofundme) January 10, 2018