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Here’s why some local kids will see the Black Panther movie for free this weekend

SC native Chadwick Boseman in Marvel’s “Black Panther”

T'Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.
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T'Challa, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king.

More than than 170 kids will go see the new Black Panther for free this Saturday.

The Marvel superhero film stars South Carolina native Chadwick Boseman, an actor who plays Prince T’Challa of the fictional African nation Wakanda.

In the movie, T’Challa returns to lead the country after the king’s death to find the tribes “bumbling with discord,” according to the Associated Press.

The money for the tickets was raised by Grand Strand Action Together and domestic violence awareness group Ebony’s Hope.

“Representation matters and I think it’s important for younger children of color to see someone on the movie theater big screen who looks more like them,” said Ashlyn Hunt, co-founder of GSAT.

The 172 children are scheduled to see the film at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Grand 14 theater in The Market Common, Hunt said.

Hunt got the idea from the efforts of Frederick Joseph, who raised more than $30,000 for kids in New York City’s Harlem to see the event using the hashtag #BlackPantherChallenge.

It took her a month to raise the money, and eight tickets were donated by Horry County school board chair Joe DeFeo, she said.

Hunt said that the children were chosen by Ebony’s Hope founder Gwen Reed.

“She knows a lot of people in the community so she was able to identify children who come from families who can’t afford tickets on their own,” Hunt said.

The fundraising activity is not unique to the Grand Strand. Around the country, other people are following Joseph’s lead and are raising money for kids to see the film using the hashtag #BlackPantherChallenge.

Christian Boschult: 843-626-0218, @TSN_Christian

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