Atlanta School Surprises Students With ‘Black Panther’ Tickets And The Reaction Is Amazing

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We're all excited about the big theatre premiere of Black Panther happening February 16, but no one's more excited than the kids of Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. On Friday, the school surprised the entire student body with tickets to go see the highly anticipated film and the kids celebrated with the ultimate dance party. See below. 

The school shared a clip of the joyful moment on its Facebook page with the caption, “That moment when the whole school finds out they’re going to see Marvel’s new movie, Black Panther!” Of course, the post went viral garnering over 100,000 likes and shares across social media.

The Ron Clark Academy students aren't the only ones going to see the long-awaited action flick. Last month, we reported a story about Frederick Joseph, a man who raised money to buy Black Panther movie tickets for the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem. Celebrities are doing their part, too: Actress Octavia Spencer told her fans that she plans on buying out a whole theater in Mississippi to "ensure that all our brown children can see themselves as a superhero." She also did the same when it came to her inspiring, award-winning 2016 film Hidden Figures. There's also WWE star Thaddeus "Titus O'Neil" Bullard, who is raising money to help underserved kids see the movie with the nationwide #BlackPantherChallenge movement. "I'm 40 years old and I've never seen a Marvel character that looked like me, as an African-American male," Bullard said in an interview with Tampa Bay Times."This will be the first time I've seen a superhero on screen that looks like me and I want kids to not only be able to see superheroes on the screen but also to view themselves as superheroes."

Of course, this isn't just about seeing a cool superhero flick — Black Panther represents much more. For nearly the entire history of superhero films, the hero is typically White. For children of color, especially Black children, to see not only the hero but a full cast of characters that look like them taking a positive leading role, the treat of viewing Black Panther is much more empowering than anything else.  

Representation matters, and Ron Clark Academy takes this sentiment seriously. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the school will also give their students a day of cultural classes, featuring lessons of African art, dance, music, math, science, history, and spirituality. "The beauty of African traditions are woven into a sci-fi film with tremendous opportunities to have discussions about [culture] and identity," Susan Barnes, the art teacher at the school, told AJC.

We hope Black Panther not only inspires more diverse content in the media but also a broader range of education for children of color to learn about and see themselves. 

Cover image: Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock.com

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