Disney opens a STEM center in Oakland with Black Panther money!
Black Panther is the gift that just keeps on giving. Disney’s release of Black Panther has not only broken box office records, but has grossed more money than one could imagine and the money is going to great places.
Disney has announced that it is donating $1 million to the Boys & Girls Club of America to help expand its STEM programs, which specializes in science, technology, engineering, and math. The giving isn’t stopping there. Disney’s money will also be used to create a STEM Center of Innovation in Oakland, California.
If you aren’t too sure what Black Panther is, then there might be a problem. But if we must get you up to speed, the Disney phenomenon was the first superhero film to feature an all-black cast. The film tells the story of T’Challa and his journey as king of Wakanda, a fictional country that is later threatened by his long-lost cousin. The film demonstrates strong representation of science and technology throughout and is truly a ground-breaking film.
In a statement, Walk Disney Company CEO Bob Iger commented on how the film is a “masterpiece of movie making” that is “sparking discussion, inspiring people, young and old, and breaking down age-old industry myths.” Disney decided to give its money to STEM programs, not only because of the themes that throughout the film, but to “give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.”
With the large donation of $1 million to the Boys & Girls Club, the organization is planning to establish STEM Centers of Innovation in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Harlem, New Orleans and a few others cities throughout the United States. If you’re at all interested in knowing just how much Black Panther has earned (and trust me, you will be), let’s just say the film has now grossed more than Iron Man, Thor, and the first Captain American combined! Yes, you heard that right, combined!
The film is climbing to the top one weekend at a time, and has now reached $1.3 billion worldwide. Yes, billion with a ‘B’! We are glad to see such a successful movie give back to much needed areas of science and technology.