The Black Panthers and Wakanda are all fictional characters and countries; there is nothing real about them. However, it is a fact that real life continues to mimic art, and it has been that way for centuries. Some of the technology we use today would seem right out of a sci-fi movie for our great-great forefathers were they to wake up from their deep sleep six feet under.
The Black Panther movie was another hit sci-fi movie by Marvel, but it has a very unique underlying them especially for the black community. A theme of empowerment, advancement in technology, and women playing a leading and crucial role in how the society is governed.
The Marvel movie broke box office records and was a big success by all measures. To celebrate the success that was the Black Panther, Disney has pledged $1 million funding to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.
Disney in a press statement, the organization reiterated its commitment to supporting youth development in STEM education and careers. Disney says its efforts towards supporting youth in STEM will ensure that underrepresented communities are not left behind.
“It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film. So it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in under-served areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want,” said Robert A. Iger, the CEO of Disney.
Wakanda, the fictional African country where the Black Panther movies play out is a center of advanced technology powered by a fictional energy-source called vibranium. The movie has received a lot of praise for casting people from underrepresented communities playing the star and leading roles in a sci-fi film that could possibly inspire future tech developments.
In the film, a young black girl plays as Shuri, a smart teenager responsible for the tech innovations in Wakanda. Hopefully, the kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of America will draw inspirations from the movie as they endeavor in their STEM lessons.
The grant from Disney will be used by the club to set up STEM centers of Innovation in places like Atlanta, Harlem, and Oakland.