New York Philanthropist Frederick Joseph has made it possible for 23,000 children to see the highly anticipated Black Panther movie once it hits theaters Feb. 16th.
After raising $30,000 to take Harlem children to see the movie, Joseph started the #BlackPantherChallenge to encourage others to raise money to take the children from their communities to see the movie. Through Joseph’s #BlackPantherChallenge, 300 campaigns were started which led to over $300,000 being raised altogether. Fifty states and 30 countries participated in the challenge.
“All children deserve to believe they can save the world, go on exciting adventures, or accomplish the impossible. 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,” Joseph posted on the GoFundMe site. “Let’s keep pushing forward. 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.”
Joseph, who is the founder of his own non-profit We Have Stories, also wrote an opinion piece about why he started the challenge, saying he felt it is important for our “children get to see themselves as heroes.”
“The world of “Black Panther” offers a rare opportunity for black children to see characters in a fantasy world who look like them, in a story that is not only black but depicts our lineage out of Africa,” he wrote in his HuffPost piece.
You can still donate to Joseph’s page here.