A New York City Man Raises More Than $30,000 to Help Harlem Kids See “Black Panther”

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A New York City man is doing what he can to make sure the children of Harlem can see this year’s most highly anticipated film, Black Panther.

Fredrick Joseph, of Yonkers, New York, created a GoFundMe to help the kids in the Manhattan neighborhood see the highly anticipated film, as the Huffington Post reports. “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,” He wrote on the campaigns page. “This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally.”

When Joseph initially created the campaign he planned to help 300 kids see the film. Not long after the campaign was posted, he exceeded his $10,000 goal and raised over $30,000 in just a few days. Partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem, Joseph plans to hold a private screening for the children and chaperones – with remaining funds going to the organization to continue their work in the community.

With the campaign being a huge success, Joseph later announced that he is beginning the #BlackPantherChallenge. “This turned into a much bigger campaign that I had originally planned, and now I want to help spread this across the country. Today I am announcing the #BlackPantherChallenge. I am challenging you to start a @gofundme to buy tickets for kids in your city to see Black Panther.” He wrote. “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.”

Marvel’s Black Panther hits theaters Friday, February 16.
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