‘Black Panther’ crowdfunding campaign to take kids to see film goes viral

A crowdfunding campaign to help children in Harlem see Black Panther in February has more than doubled its goal and now includes celebrity donors as well. 

The fundraiser is currently at over $24,000 of its $10,000 goal, with all extra proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem.

“The release of Marvel’s film the Black Panther is a rare opportunity for young students (primarily of color) to see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life,” campaign organizer Frederick Joseph wrote in the GoFundMe description. “This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally.”

The campaign will send approximately 300 kids to see Black Panther in theaters and covers the cost of a Manhattan movie ticket, snacks, and adult chaperones. Joseph received criticism about the pricing on Twitter, but for the most part feedback for his campaign has been positive. 

The GoFundMe also caught the attention of J.J. Abrams and wife Katie McGrath, who donated $10,000, among others.

Black Panther releases in theaters Feb. 16.

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