Black Panther Challenge Will Give Local Minority Children Chance to Go to the Movies

January 22, 2018, 3:47 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC (WTAT-TV) — Marvel’s “Black Panther” will be hitting theaters in a few weeks, and now there’s a movement to help local kids see it.

“Black Panther is a historic opportunity to be a part of something important and special, particularly at a time when African Americans are affirming their identities while dealing with vilification and dehumanization,” said writer Joe Robert. “The image of a black hero on this scale is just really exciting.”

To that end, a local group has created the Black Panther Challenge. Through a GoFundMe account, area children will be given the opportunity to go to the movies. And this time they will be met with a superhero with whom they can relate to.

“In the city and surrounding areas of Charleston, we have a large population of young black youth who should be afforded the chance for this monumental movie,” said the organizer of the movement, Allah Steadman. “I’m originally from Brooklyn, NY. I have been in North Charleston, SC since 2005. Since I’ve been here I’ve noticed there are not many programs or places for lower income children to participate in.”

“I believe that someone has to show these children (particularly our young black boys and girls) that there is someone out there who cares about them. That there is more to the world than just the ran down playground [SIC] or dirt/no grass fields surrounding their neighborhoods. I believe this movie, this moment may be the spark to change someone’s life.”

All donations through the GoFundMe will go towards admission and concessions for those young individuals attending the movie.

The ultimate goal is to raise $3,000 in total. So far, more than $430 has been donated for the movement,

‘Black Panther’ hits theaters everywhere on February 15th. To make a donation, please click here.