After raising over $46,000 on GoFundMe to take Harlem children to see Black Panther in theaters this month, New York activist Frederick Joseph launched the #BlackPantherChallenge. He called on others to start a GoFundMe in their community to take more kids to Black Panther.
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.
Over 9,000 people have joined the #BlackPantherChallenge, including including Viola Davis, Jemele Hill, Snoop Dogg, Chelsea Clinton, Ellen Degeneres, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Chris Baker, J.J. Abrams, and Katie McGrath. Additionally, The Omaha Star, Nebraska’s largest African American newspaper, started a GoFundMe for kids in Nebraska.