The Black Panther Arrives In Charleston

Sponsors for the Black Panther free film showing pose for a photo at the Regal Charles Town Square Stadium 18.
(l-r) North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess, Senator Marlon Kimpson, Ayinde Waring, Charleston Chronicle reporter Barney Blakeney, SC House Rep. Marvin Pendarvis & Radia Heyward

Some 300 students in grades 3-12 were treated to an admission-free showing of Black Panther February 17 hosted by The Charleston Chronicle, North Charleston Police Department, Sen. Marlon Kimpson, Rep. Marvin Pendarvis, Joan Robinson Berry, Kerry Forrest, Keith Waring, the Carlos Dunlap Foundation and several local businesses and civic organizations. Radia Heyward and Ayinde Waring coordinated the event at the Regal Charles Town Square Stadium 18. Among the students attending were members of the Davis-Gourdine family of Charleston and members of Wallace Davenport’s and Robert Ford’s mentoring group from Alston Middle School in Summerville.

The highly acclaimed movie is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is directed by Ryan Coogler and was written by Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, and starring Anderson, S.C. native Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther.

Students pose for a photo at the free Black Panther movie showing Saturday morning, February 17

Black Panther premiered in Los Angeles on January 29, 2018, and was released theatrically in the United States on February 16. It received critical acclaim, with praise directed toward its visuals, screenplay, characters, direction, costume design, action sequences, soundtrack, and performances. Critics consider it one of the best films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it is noted for its controversial cultural significance.

The movie has grossed over $419 million worldwide, and its four-day opening weekend gross of $241.96 million in the United States makes it the second-highest of all time. Its three-day gross of $201.8 million makes it the fifth-highest of all-time and it set the record for the biggest debut by an African American director.

A group of students gather in front of the movie theatre before the free showing

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