Harlem-based fund helps Black kids see ‘Black Panther’ in theaters
Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 1/10/2018, 12:52 p.m.
A GoFundMe campaign launched to enable Harlem kids to see “Black Panther” next month has has already raised more than its $10,000, reports the Grio. The highly anticipated Marvel film about a superhero with the same name, is the first Black-led superhero movie from the Marvel series and already has people celebrating the milestone by purchasing tickets in advance. Some people want to make sure those that may not be able to afford to go to the movies have an opportunity to see a hero who looks like them fighting crime and looking fabulous. So, one man started a campaign to make sure kids in Harlem could see the movie. “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,” Frederick Joseph, who started the campaign, wrote on Twitter. “This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged and marginalized both nationally and globally. I want these children to be able to see that people who look like them can be superheroes, royalty and more. All proceeds will go to paying for the private screening tickets for children and chaperones, as well as refreshments. The release of the film is February 16th, 2018, and the screenings will take place the following week between February 19th and 22nd.” Within three days of Joseph posting his GoFundMe challenge, the account raised more than $13,000. Joseph told the Root that he initially wanted the funds to go to the Harlem’s Children Zone, but when the organization couldn’t take the money, he approached the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem. The funds will be used to pay for tickets and concessions for the kids and their guardians. Anything left over will go to the Boys & Girls Club. “We want to thank the organizers of this great fundraiser. Your commitment will help our kids see how powerful they can be!” a representative of Boys & Girls club wrote on Facebook.