Students at Mary McLeod Bethune Elementary School in North Philadelphia got their Black Panther on. The school’s principal, Jamina Clay-Dingle set up a GoFundMe page in February online to raise money to help pay for her students to see the film. Her goal was to raise $1,125.
[tweet_box]“We raised close to $4,000 so that was just powerful in itself,” Douglas says. “And we had donors from all over the world.”[/tweet_box]
That’s a lesson in creative funding and social media that we’ll discuss on another post. Our focus now is on the tremendous positive impact of the movie on 273 7th graders.
Edward Rosario says the movie — starting with the poster he saw before the film — has changed his view of Africa. Another student Daiyannah Brown said they can’t find the words to describe what the experience meant to them. She finally saw herself on screen in characters like Shuri, Nakia, and Okoye.
The power of film, committed educators and global fundraising has impacted the students in ways that won’t show up in the box office receipts.