Everybody is going to see Black Panther. Frederick Joseph, and his now famous #BlackPantherChallenge through GoFundMe, has seen to it.
The fundraising site has confirmed that some 300 campaigns on the site have collectively raised more than $300,000 combined, which will be enough to send about 23,000 children to see Black Panther in movie theaters this month.
Donations have come from all 50 states plus 30 countries around the world.
And Joseph is still pushing for more to be done, because when we say everybody, we mean everybody.
“All children deserve to believe they can save the world, go on exciting adventures, or accomplish the impossible. I am grateful that all of you have answered the call and are taking action to help more kids watch their heroes on the big screen,” Joseph said in a statement. “Let’s keep pushing forward. 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.”
GoFundMe has also taken the initiative to start a new #BlackPantherChallenge that will accept donations and distribute the money to participating charities that may need help fulfilling their targets to take kids to see the film. In order to be eligible to receive the funds, the GoFundMe campaign must be started for or by a charity to take kids to see the movie, obviously.
Opening weekend for Black Panther (starting Feb. 16; we are so close) is about to be something magical. I can only imagine how packed cinemas are going to be. I am beyond ready.