Help Children See "Black Panther"

$52,118 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 1,587 people in 2 months
Created January 5, 2018
Frederick Joseph
on behalf of Boys and Girls Club of Harlem
UPDATE 1/22/18:

Thanks to the generosity of Ellen DeGeneres and her team paying for the event, ALL donations will be going to the Boys & Girls Club of Harlem. 

When this started I wanted to provide an opportunity for young people to see themselves in a story, but now we have the opportunity to give those young people access to tell their own stories.

Which is why the proceeds raised here will be going to a new program at BGCHarlem to teach young people to cricitally consume content and create their own stories. I urge you to continue to share and donate here to help power the BGCHarlem Storytellers program!



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. This representation is truly fundamental for young people, especially those who are often underserved, unprivileged, and marginalized both nationally and globally.

Clarkisha Kent of 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:

The Boys and Girls Club of Harlem (BGCHarlem)
was founded in 1980 with the purpose of providing a safe, positive, and supportive place for youth which fosters learning and quality relationships, which can have a significant impact on their lives. Also of paramount importance at the time, BGCHarlem founders set out to create a community-focused organization that would uphold high ethical standards in all areas, especially in overseeing organizational finances, reporting data on membership and community outreach efforts, while being good stewards of donor dollars and representing itself to the public with the highest of standards.

More about BGCHarlem:

I want these children to be able to see that people who look like them can be superheroes, royalty, and more. 
All proceeds will go to paying for the private screening tickets for children and chaperones, as well as refreshments. The release of the film is February 16th, 2018, and the screenings will take place the following week between February 19th and 22nd.

Cost breakdown:

-$13.00 per child ticket
-$13.00 refreshments per child
- $17.00 per chaperone ticket
- $10.00 refreshments per chaperone

*The remaining balance of donations after the movie Experience is paid for will go to the organization*

*All organization donations and movie/refreshment purchase receipts will be sent to campaign donors after the campaign is finished.*

I appreciate you joining me in supporting our children, who need us now more than ever.

For more information please contact me at: or on Twitter @FredTJoseph

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What an amazing experience this has been! All of you helped start something very special. What started with Harlem has now taken off around the world.

The #BlackPantherChallenge has raised over $775 thousand dollars around the world, giving over 60,000 children the opportunity to see the film.

I had the pleasure of speaking with the Grotto Network to discuss the importance of the film and the movement you all started:
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The #BlackPantherChallenge is about more than seeing the film, it's also about having important conversations and hopefully creating change.

This is why I've partnered with an amazing team of creatives, educators, and activists to launch

The site has resources such as readings and learning worksheets to help children and young adults reflect upon and process the film.

Wakanda Forever


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Over the last few weeks, the #BlackPantherChallenge has received support from all around the world. 300 GoFundMe campaigns have raised over $300,000, enough to send 23,000 kids to see Black Panther in the movie theater this month.

Many of the GoFundMes have been created by or for a local charity in their community. Some of these charities still need support. That’s why, today, a new #BlackPantherChallenge fund has been created to accept donations and distribute money to participating charities organizing screenings or buying tickets for kids in their community -- to help those who haven't met their goal.

In order to be eligible for the funds, a GoFundMe must be started for or by a charity to take kids to see Black Panther in theater. Donations to the new #BlackPantherChallenge fund are tax deductible.

To make a donation to the new #BlackPantherChallenge fund, donors can click here ( or visit and click ‘Donate now’ on the page.
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What a beautiful journey this has been. I feel as though so many of you who have donated and supported in various ways are like family to me now.

This experience has opened my eyes to many things, but has also energized me as I continue to advocate for representation and inclusion in media.

I had the pleasure of writing about this in an op-ed for HuffPo. You can read here:

There is more work to be done. Stay tuned.

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Raised by 1,587 people in 2 months
Created January 5, 2018
Frederick Joseph
on behalf of Boys and Girls Club of Harlem
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