In less than three weeks, Go for Yours raised a little over $15,000 to send over 500 students to a private screening of the Marvel film, Black Panther. The purpose of this fundraiser is to provide young people with a chance to see themselves depicted as strong, intelligent, and beautiful on the movie screen while simultaneously serving the youth and community.
Multiple celebrities, including actress/producer Lena Waithe (The Chi) and actor/comedian Lil Rel (Get Out), supported the efforts. Within five minutes of a retweet from actor/activist, Jesse Williams garnered almost $1,000 in donations!
The Black Panther Initiative has motivated the Go for Yours to identify films that portray people of color in a positive light. The foundation is looking forward to sending groups of students to more private screenings in the future.
Actor Winston Duke, who played M’Baku in the film, attended the screening offered words of encouragement to the students.
Tina Knowles-Lawson and Richard Lawson also brought a group of young participants from their WACO Theater Center to the screening.
Rapper/activist Tip “T.I.” Harris and entertainment mogul Usher Raymond joined in as partners through their nonprofit organizations, Harris Community Works and Usher’s New Look Foundation.
Youth from various schools in Chicago were bused in to Cinemas Entertainment Movie Theater. Actor and Chicago native Laroyce Hawkins provided food and beverage from the infamous Harold’s Chicken.