Black History Month kicks off in just a few days and now you have a way to support one of the biggest films of all time while also giving back to the United Negro College Film. And to top it off, it involves seeing “Black Panther,” which will be in theaters for one week — for free, according to the chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney company.
“Today we are excited to announce
#BlackPanther will return to the big screen to celebrate #BlackHistoryMonth from Feb 1-7 at participating AMC theaters,” Robert Iger wrote on Twitter. “Tickets are free! We will also donate $1.5M to @UNCF to make the dream of higher education a reality for more students.”
UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization, helping more than 60,000 students attend college each year.
The reign of “Black Panther” has only continued. On Sunday, the Ryan Coogler-directed film became the first superhero movie to win outstanding performance by an ensemble in a motion picture at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.
In a powerful speech, “Black Panther” star Chadwick Boseman said, “Well, I’ll be… I didn’t think I was gonna have to speak.” He continued, “This cast, this ensemble. When I think of going to work every day and the passion and the intelligence, the resolve, the discipline that everybody showed, I also think of two questions that we all have received during the course of multiple publicity runs. And one is, ‘Did we know that this movie was going to receive this kind of response?’ Meaning, was it going to make a billion dollars, was it going to still be around during award season? And the second question is, ‘Has it changed the industry’ Has it actually changed the way this industry works, how it sees us?”
He ended with, “It’s a pleasure to be celebrated by you, to be loved by you. And one thing I do know: Did it change the industry? I know that you can’t have a ‘Black Panther’ now without a ‘2’ on it. So, we love you. And we celebrate it.”
This movie is epic on every level. Wakanda really is forever, y’all!