Students overjoyed at news of Black Panther movie viewing
Photo courtesy of Ron Clark.
A classroom erupts with joy Friday, February 2, when students at the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta, Georgia, are told they will be seeing the movie, Black Panther.
A room full of ecstatic 5th to 8th graders can be seen dancing and celebrating in a video shared by Ron Clark, the school's founder, that has gone viral, gaining over 3 million views in just a day. Most of the children in the video are African-American, and particularly excited at the news they would be seeing a Marvel blockbuster featuring a black protagonist.
According to Wade King, the school's Director of Curriculum and Instruction, he and fellow teacher Susan Barnes "had an idea of incorporating Black Panther into core content areas school wide."
"The students just found out we are all going to see BLACK PANTHER! We will have a day of cultural classes, African dancers, historical lessons and then we will all go see the film! Turn up!" King said in a tweet accompanying Clark's video.
The Ron Clark Academy is a nonprofit middle school. The school offers scholarships to promote inclusion.
According to their website, the students "represent various socio-economic and academic backgrounds and communities from across the metro region."
Black Panther, the latest Marvel superhero movie, is set to break box office records in the U.S. and beyond. The film which focuses on an African superhero Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman, has racked up more pre-sales of tickets than any Marvel film before it and is expected to make as much as $120 million on its opening weekend alone.
While the film is not the first to feature a Black super hero, it is among the most high profile to do so.