Leading up to the most anticipated Marvel Studios release of the year, “Black Panther,” a superhero film based in Africa and the first Marvel Comics theatrical release with a Black lead, one good Samaritan is challenging people around the country to donate a movie ticket to African-American youth.
After raising over $40,000 on the GoFundMe crowdsourcing site to take Harlem children to see “Black Panther” in theaters next month, New York resident Frederick Joseph launched the #BlackPantherChallenge.
He called on others to start a GoFundMe in their community to take more youths to watch the movie in the theater ahead of its Feb. 16 release date.
“Thanks to all the amazing support, I am announcing the #BlackPantherChallenge,” Joseph said via his Twitter account. “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.”
Just a few days after the announcement, the #BlackPantherChallenge received support from thousands of people across the country, including sports journalist Jemele Hill, rapper Snoop Dogg, Chelsea Clinton, NFL player Chris Baker, film director J.J. Abrams and actress Katie McGrath.
The Omaha Star, Nebraska’s largest African-American newspaper, started a GoFundMe for children in the state.
As of Tuesday, Jan. 23, more than 90 campaigns had raised over $100,000, according to GoFundMe. Donations have come in from all 50 states and 15 countries around the world.
In response to the #BlackPantherChallenge, GoFundMe created a centralized location to allow anyone to start or donate to a GoFundMe to help more children watch “Black Panther.” They also donated $100 to 10 campaigns participating in the #BlackPantherChallenge.
“All children deserve to believe they can save the world, go on exciting adventures or accomplish the impossible,” Joseph said. “I am grateful that all of you have answered the call and are taking action to help more kids watch their heroes on the big screen.
“Let’s keep pushing forward,” he said. “If you’re a teacher, buy tickets for your entire classroom. If you’re a coach, take your team. If you’re a community leader, do some organizing and get the kids and parents in your community to the theater.”