Shuri may not have been the title character in Black Panther however her magical black girl brilliance quickly made her the favorite of many. Played by Letitia Wright, Shuri’s responsibilties included spearheading the vast technological advancements of Wakanda, creating T’Challa’s supersuit amongst other initiatives.
Watching Shuri shine on screen highlighted for many, the importance of STEM programs being funded. The film ended with King T’Challa taking Shuri to Oakland, California announcing that they would be opening a technology education center with both Shuri and Nakia leading the way. Disney has donated $1 million to help make this a reality.o seIt is reported that the grant will benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, a nonprofit organization, to enhance the science, technology, enginerring and math programs by establishing new STEM centers in cities including Atlanta, Washington DC, Memphis, New Orleans and Okland, director Ryan Coogler’s hometown.
“It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in undeserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want” says Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger.
The grants will be used to provide hands-on, advanced technologies stimulating creative approaches to STEM exploration, including 3-D printers, robotics, high-definition video production and conferencing equipment. The program will also make available a fully dedicated STEM expert to offer individual and group support, using real-world applications to help Club members develop their STEM skills and critical thinking.