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#BlackPantherChallenge Richmond, VA

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Raised by 686 people in 5 months
Thank you for taking time to check out our #BlackPantherChallenge #InfinityWar GoFundMe campaign. My name is Lance Cooper (Youth Program Director & Activist) based in Richmond, Virginia. The release of Marvel's film the "Black Panther" is a great opportunity for young students (primarily of color) to finally see a black major cinematic and comic book character come to life. This representation is fundamental for youth, especially those often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized nationally and globally.

The youth I'm raising funds for are students in our youth program and kids in the RVA community. Two kids in our youth empowerment program convinced me to participate in the Black Panther Challenge (originally launched by Frederick Joseph) and expressed unforgettable interest in seeing this film. When I asked the two boys (seen in the GoFundMe photo) why they felt the need to see Black Panther, they replied "because we finally have a black superhero."

My goal is to provide the opportunity for underprivileged children to get the experience of seeing this movie in theaters. It is extremely important for them to see characters that look like them portrayed in positive, powerful ways on the big screen.

Clarkisha Kent of TheRoot.com writes about the importance of the Black Panther film "Black Panther remains socially and culturally relevant because it imagines a world where black people continually triumph over the influences of capitalism, Western imperialism and white supremacy."

Read more:

https://www.theroot.com/wakanda-forever-on-the-importance-of-black-panther-1820459283

I strongly feel it's necessary to counter the negative images of black people on television with something heroic and positive for African American boys & girls.

The release of the film is February 16th, 2018, and I plan to get local media in Richmond, Virginia to cover our #BlackPantherChallenge as well as post video and pictures of our results, youth reactions and experience in theater upon viewing this film.

Your donations will go to paying for tickets for children and chaperones, as well as refreshments. We will distribute tickets within the SM Youth Empowerment Program and throughout the Richmond, Virginia area. Being that I am the youth program director & organizer of this RVA event, all donations will be securely directed to my personal account and withdrawn to purchase the tickets on behalf of the SM Youth Empowerment Program. Our ultimate goal is providing 1,000 youth with the opportunity to experience this historic film.

Ticket cost breakdown:

$10.85 per adult ticket
$7.85 per child ticket

*Due to the success of our Black Panther Challenge we are extending the goal to include the Avengers: Infinity War movie in theaters April 27th. 

Thank you for joining me in supporting our youth, who need us now more than ever. All donations appreciated. All amounts help reach the goal.

Sincerely,
Lance Cooper
(SM Youth Empowerment Program)
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Thank you for supporting our #BlackPantherChallenge #InfinityWar GoFundMe campaign. The release of Marvel's film "Avengers: Infinity War" is another great opportunity to reinforce to young students (of all races) the importance of UNITY (standing as one).. This message is fundamental for youth, especially those often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized nationally and globally.

The #BlackPantherChallenge started with Frederick Joseph wanting boys and girls of color to see black superheroes. We witnessed epic representation, box office domination, and gave thousands of kids an unforgettable experience. Guess what! It wasn't enough. Let's talk about it...

With my personal experience, I view The Black Panther Challenge as the foundation. The concrete structure supporting a positive house of humanity from underneath. Let's say Martin Luther King Jr. lived in this house. Each brick for every wall are messages of hope, love and peace.

My Black Panther Challenge Campaign In The News: http://wtvr.com/2018/02/25/black-panther-challenge-free-tickets-for-kids-richmond/

http://wric.com/2018/02/07/black-panther-challenge-makes-its-way-to-richmond/

We accepted the Black Panther Challenge and built a house for black youth to witness the representation, but nobody is speaking about the fact that every kid from each classroom wasn't black. There were underprivileged White, Chinese, and Puerto Rican kids.

The power of analyzing positive and real messages with ALL youth— through film, should be the pipework within this house.

When Ellen had Frederick Joseph on, his message was not only co-signed by a fabulous television icon, it added more power to his voice. through film.. not sure if you noticed, but Ellen is white.. bringing me back to these amazing kids of different ethnicities, and this house we built. Unity is the structure forming the roof of our house. Let's teach our youth, that a roof of unity can survive all storms.

The Black Panther Challenge opened a door for us to discuss black representation with youth, but it can't stop there. This life thing will never, and should never, be about racial dominance. With everything currently unfolding in the world, it's extremely important we follow up with a message of unity.

The youth I'm raising funds for are students in our youth program and kids in the RVA community. My goal is to provide the opportunity for underprivileged children to get the experience of seeing this movie in theaters. It is extremely important for them to see characters that look like them working together with characters that don't look like them, in positive and powerful ways on the big screen.

I strongly feel it's necessary to counter the representation with a stronger message of unification, for ALL boys & girls.

The release of the film is April 27th, 2018. Your donations will go to paying for tickets for children and chaperones, as well as refreshments. We will distribute tickets within the SM Youth Empowerment Program and throughout the Richmond, Virginia area. Our ultimate goal is providing 500 youth with the opportunity to experience this film.

Ticket cost breakdown:

$10.85 per adult ticket
$7.85 per child ticket

Thank you for joining me in supporting kids, who need us now more than ever. It all starts with empowering our youth. They can't change the world, if we don't plant the seeds within them necessary to understand and identify with the world.

All donations appreciated. All amounts help reach the goal.

Sincerely,
Lance Cooper
(SM Youth Empowerment Program)
Empowering youth to fuel the future: Let's exceed the goal!
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Teaching youth life lessons through film is possible. We're doing it.

The new Avengers: #InfinityWar film is 4 days away, and we need YOU to be superheroes for this great cause. Along with the representation, we want to teach the kids a message of unity with this movie.

Please help us reach our goal by April 27th (movie release date), so we can get more underprivileged kids in theaters.

I'm asking everyone who has already donated to match your previous donation, or contribute whatever you can. We are only $2000 away from crossing the finish line.

Please donate one more time, and share this #BlackPantherChallenge #InfinityWar campaign. Together we can do this!

Sincerely,
Lance
ONLY $2,000 TO GO! Please donate one more time to help us reach the goal by April 27th. #InfinityWar
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Teaching youth life lessons through film is possible. We're doing it.

The new Avengers: #InfinityWar film is coming, and we need YOU to be superheroes for this great cause. Along with the representation, we want to teach the kids a message of unity with this movie.

Please help us reach our goal by April 27th (movie release date), so we can get more underprivileged kids in theaters.

I'm asking everyone who has already donated to match your previous donation, or contribute whatever you can. We are only $2400 away from crossing the finish line.

Please donate one more time, and share this #BlackPantherChallenge #InfinityWar campaign. Together we can do this!

Sincerely,
Lance
We need you to be superheroes! Please donate again and help us reach our goal.
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For anyone who wants to continue supporting the Richmond, Virginia #BlackPantherChallenge fundraiser to bring kids to see #InfinityWar movie, please keep donating and sharing our campaign.

Avengers: Infinity War in theaters April 27. #InfinityWarChallenge

Thank you,
Lance
We don’t fight for one life. We fight for all. #InfinityWarChallenge
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