Black Panther, currently the hottest movie in theaters, is “breaking cultural barriers and earning the highest debut ever for a February film“. With incredible reviews and sales, it’s looking like Black Panther could really make history. Ryan Coogler has also made a name for himself, as Black Panther has become the highest-grossing film directed by a black man. When a film begins trending, it has the power to really make a difference in the world.
The #BlackPantherChallenge began as a way to fund children from Harlem to see the movie. This turned into a GoFundMe page that has raised almost half a million dollars to allow so many children to see Black Panther. These children aren’t just watching the movie–they’re responding. A seventh grader told the New York Times, “For people of color, it shows us that we that we can get through any obstacles that are thrown at us if we work together. We can also help the world by sharing our resources.”
This reminds me of the way children have been taking the lead on the battle for gun laws since the Douglass shooting. Almost two weeks after the tragic event, it looks like Trump is finally, at least partially, coming around by verbally supporting some aspects of new gun laws. Although there is still a lot of work necessary to amend gun laws and remove racism in America, I have hope that this diverse audience of children will have the power to bring about change.