The importance for young children of representation in media cannot be overstated.
And no blockbuster superhero movie has ever been filled with so many powerful black characters as Marvel Studios‘ upcoming Black Panther.
Unfortunately a lot of the young children to whom the film would mean the most can’t afford movie theater prices.
New Yorker Frederick Joseph (insert, above) realized this problem and decided to try and help out. He set up a GoFundMe to raise enough money to send 300 kids from the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem to see the movie.
A couple celebs have even taken up the cause, tweeting:
Just contributed to support @FredTJoseph├óΓé¼Γäós effort to bring Harlem kids to see #BlackPanther. If you also believe representation matters & you├óΓé¼Γäóre able, I hope you├óΓé¼Γäóll consider supporting, thank you: https://t.co/vaLO7JmEwl
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) January 8, 2018
Fred’s initial goal? $10K. And in just five days, he’s blown past that to raise nearly $36K!!
The movie opens everywhere February 16; the club is currently booking screenings for the kids the following week.
With the success, Joseph is looking to take the project nationwide, working to create fundraisers for EVERY city — so no child has to live in a world where they don’t get to go see themselves as the hero.
Or the villain we guess. Michael B. Jordan is SO HOT!
Learn more about how YOU can help (below)!
Thanks to all the amazing support, I am announcing the #BlackPantherChallenge. I’m challenging you to start a @gofundme to buy tix for kids in your city to see Black Panther! 10 campaigns that join the #BlackPantherChallenge will receive $100. read & share:https://t.co/KQ6vXdY95O
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Frederick Joseph (@FredTJoseph) January 10, 2018
[Image via Marvel.]