An inspiring GoFundMe has raised over $31,000 in just five days. The cause: to help kids in Harlem see Marvel's Black Panther. Frederick Joseph started the campaign to help kids get a chance to see the famed black superhero on the silver screen.
Joseph initially wanted to donate the money to Harlem's Children Zone, but when they couldn't accept the donation, the sum was pledged to the Boys & Girls Club. The donations will go toward purchasing movie tickets at Harlem’s Magic Johnson movie theater and refreshments for kids and their chaperones. Any remaining funds are set to be donated to the organization to help advance its work within the community. The all too important campaign has caught the attention of 832 contributors and counting -- including Chelsea Clinton and producer JJ Abrams.
“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,” Joseph wrote on the campaign's GoFundMe page. “This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally.”
He went on to quote an article on The Root written by Clarkisha Kent who explains perfectly why not just young people -- but everyone -- need to see the film: "Black Panther remains socially and culturally relevant because it imagines a world where black people continually triumph over the influences of capitalism, Western imperialism and white supremacy."
In the spirit of that quote, Joseph has expanded the campaign's goal to urge others around the country to start their own GoFundMes. "Thanks to all the amazing support, I am announcing the #BlackPantherChallenge," he wrote on Twitter on Wednesday, January 10. "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."
It's clear countless kids will benefit from this impressive campaign. Cheers to Joseph and the GoFundMe's supporters for making this fantastic opportunity a reality for young people in Harlem -- and all around the country!