Black Panther debuts in theaters nationwide February 12th, and many are doing everything they can to ensure young black children are able to witness people who look like them in do battle in the Wakandan kingdom. The Marvel film has already shattered box office records with pre-sale tickets and the predominantly black cast has people who would not usually be excited by a comic book film amped to see the story of King T’Challa on the big screen.
The nearly all black cast has inspired celebrites such as Ellen Degeners and Octavia Spencer to purchase entire theater showings of Black Panther so that children who may not have them means get the opportunity to see the years most talked about film. What’s being called the #BlackPantherChallenge, Mari Copeny, better known as Little Miss Flint has joined forces with her cousin Felicia Copeny and launched a GoFund Me campaign to create the same opportunity in their community.
“I am teaming up with my little cousin Mari Copeny aka Little Miss Flint to take part in the #BlackPantherChallenge. Together we hope to take as many Flint Kids to see the Black Panther movie in theaters as possible.” writes Felicia Copeny on the campaign landing page.
The residents of Flint, Michigan are still experiening the trauma associated with the water crisis. Taking the children of Flint to see Black Panther will hopefully allow them to view themselves in a different light, not as victims. Little Miss Flint is not only hoping to raise funds for children to see the movie but also collect comic books and positive letters they can reach for and reflect on such a great experience.
Good morning #TeamMari a quick update on our #BlackPantherChallenge, under $2k to our goal, now we need comic book donations and positive letters to Flint kids so they know they are amazing and not forgotten #FlintKids #ThursdayThoughts #Flint pic.twitter.com/WlyPTLErdZ
— Mari Copeny (@LittleMissFlint) February 1, 2018
To donate to the GoFund Me campaign click here.