Social Media Campaign to Help Kids See ‘Black Panther'

The "'Black Panther' Challenge" is taking over social media with the movie's premiere this weekend.

The national campaign is raising money for kids to see Marvel's first black superhero movie.

"I'm really excited to see 'Black Panther.' It's my first time here at South Bay, actually," said Kevon Dulin, a student in Boston.

Friday, students from New Mission High School walked off their bus and into the South Bay theatre in Dorchester, full of anticipation to see "Black Panther."

"I'm excited to see this movie," said Alliyah Labitue. "I think it's going to be a good movie. I've seen the trailer and I think it's going to be good."

New Mission High School students were surprised with free tickets, along with hundreds of other students throughout Boston.

The executive director of the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center in Roxbury joined the national "Black Panther" Challenge campaign.

"We're now at $30,000," said Liz Miranda.

The funds are sending more than 700 students district-wide to theaters during school vacation week.

"When young people are happy, joyous and safe, we've done our job," Miranda said.

Students are excited to see "Black Panther" for its action and the predominately black cast.

"It's like the first black superhero movie on Marvel that they've ever done," said Hervins Cristallion. "It makes me feel proud."

"I've seen a lot of superhero movies, but this is like the first one that's all black, so it's really cool," said Mauro Lopes.

After watching the movie, the students were just as thrilled.

"The movie was actually really good, especially for the way black people were treated back then and to see a full black cast felt really good," said Jaleah Clark.

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