Octavia Spencer is really into Black Panther. Okay, let’s rephrase that. Octavia Spencer is really into kids seeing the movie Black Panther. The Marvel superhero flick is making headlines…well, because it’s a Marvel superhero movie. But unlike Captain America, Thor or Iron Man, this film is all about a superhero of color. Yes that’s right, this Marvel movie spotlights a super-awesome superhero, and he’s black. So what does Octavia Spencer want to do about kids seeing (or rather, not being able to see) this movie?
In a recent Instagram post Spencer wrote, “I will be in MS when this movie opens. I think I will buy out a theatre in an underserved community there to ensure that all our brown children can see themselves as a superhero.”
As it turns out, Spencer’s totally generous gift to children who may not have the financial ability to see this landmark film isn’t the only one of its kind. Middle school students at The Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta got a major surprise when teacher and founder of the school, Ron Clark, announced that the children would get a free trip to see Black Panther on it’s February 16 premiere.
Along with the celebs and powers-that-be who are offering kids a free chance to see the film, Frederick Joseph recently started a GoFundMe campaign to help children in NYC see the movie for free. Joseph also challenged the rest of the social media-verse to do the same through the #BlackPantherChallenge.
What do you think about Spencer’s gesture? Share your thoughts in the comments below. —Erica Loop