Thanks to the donations of thousands of dollars and free tickets, Denver-area kids are emerging from theaters energized by the blockbuster movie “The Black Panther” and insisting they also learned things they can apply in the classroom and life.
“It made me proud,” 16-year-old Pacifique Ndayishimye, a student at Cole Arts & Science Academy, said. “To see somebody that looks like me accomplishing so much was really unique. It’s something I want to carry with me, inspire me.”
Ndayishimye got to see Marvel’s “Black Panther” — which depicts an African superhero fighting injustice — with over 100 of his classmates last month, thanks to the Boys & Girls Club at their school. The organization paid out $1,400 to rent the theater so the kids could see the movie for free.
A GoFundME effort set a goal of $2,000 so 200 students at Denver’s Hallet Academy could watch “Black Panther” on March 23 at the Alamo Drafthouse Theaters at no cost to them. Since then, Alamo owners have said the kids could take in the move for free.
The movie features a largely African-American cast, as well as technically savvy and tough women. That part made an impression on 9-year-old Ashayia Nules.
“It was funny to see people like me with power,” she said.
Hundreds of students, many enrolled in Denver Public Schools, have seen the movie since it opened in February. They have often gone thanks to donors and at the urging of their teachers and principals.
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