Life Arts & Books N Bros Takes Members To See Black Panther

Black Panther is a 2018 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. The story centers around the fictional African nation of Wakanda. 

To celebrate the much-anticipated debut of the movie, nonprofit organizations Life Arts and Books n' Bros teamed together to provide a no cost way for its members to view the film. 

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Winnie Caldwell is the co founder and program director of Books n' Bros, an organization that promotes literacy among African American boys, with about 150 members nationwide. "Black Panther showcases the strength of black males," says Caldwell "No matter where you come from you can be a superhero." Caldwell also expresses that Books n' Bros didn’t want families not having funds to hinder them from seeing the film. 

When asked how both organizations were able to collaborate on this Caldwell said "Dwayne Ingram hooked us up with Brian Owens, and Brian said they could make it happen." 

24:1 Cinema was the theater of choice to host the event. The cinema is owned by 24:1 Land Trust, a part of Beyond Housing, which is working to add many other features to Pagedale and the surrounding community.  "Because of their mission in the community and how welcoming they are to those in the community, we wanted to support them." says Caldwell. 

Upon exciting the theater, you could see the excitement all over everyone's faces. They could be seen putting up the Wakanda sign with all smiles.

Members of both organizations expressed gratefulness for the opportunity to view the film. "I'll never miss another meeting." said one. "I liked that I was able to relate to the characters." said another.  

"I had a great time, said Sidney Keys III "I wish Wakanda was real and not an imaginary place."  

 "I wanted to thank Life Arts Inc and 24:1 Cinema for making the night possible," says Caldwell "it was seamless, and everyone had a good time." 

Brian Owens