New York City Man Raises Over $30,000 for Harlem Kids to See “Black Panther”

Marvel’s Black Panther is one of this year’s most highly anticipated films, and now a New York City man is making sure kids in Harlem get a chance to see the film.

According to the Huffington Post, Fredrick Joseph created a GoFundMe to help the kids in the Manhattan neighborhood see the highly anticipated film. “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,” He wrote on the campaigns page. “This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally.”

Initially, when Joseph created the campaign, he planned to help 300 kids see the film. Not long after the campaign was posted, he exceeded his $10,000 goal and raised over $30,000 in just a few days. Partnering with the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem, Joseph plans to hold a private screening for the children and chaperones – with remaining funds going to the organization to continue their work in the community.

With the campaign being a huge success, Joseph later announced that he is beginning the #BlackPantherChallenge. “This turned into a much bigger campaign that I had originally planned, and now I want to help spread this across the country. Today I am announcing the #BlackPantherChallenge. I am challenging you to start a @gofundme to buy tickets for kids in your city to see Black Panther.” He wrote. “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.”

Marvel’s Black Panther hits theaters Friday, February 16.

Pictured: Actor Andy Serkis, director Ryan Coogler, actors Forest Whitaker, Michael B. Jordan, Winston Duke, Daniel Kaluuya, (front row L – R) Danai Gurira, Lupita Nyong’o, Chadwick Boseman and Letitia Wright from Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ at the San Diego Comic-Con International 2017 Marvel Studios Panel in Hall H on July 22, 2017 in San Diego, California.

(Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)