To celebrate the enormous success of Black Panther, Disney is going to donate $1 million of its ticket-sale jackpot to Boys & Girls Clubs of America—specifically, to support STEM programs.
The New York Times reported:
In a statement, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Company, Robert A. Iger, said it was thrilling to see how much the technology in the film had excited young audiences.
“It’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want,” he said.
The company explained in a statement:
Boys & Girls Clubs of America will use this one-time grant to further develop its existing national STEM curriculum, and establish new STEM Centers of Innovation in 12 communities across the country. The curriculum and new centers will serve and inspire kids and teens, with an emphasis in the following communities: Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Harlem, NY; Hartford, CT; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Oakland, CA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; Watts, CA.
Of course, the movie has made thus far exceeded $700 million in ticket sales worldwide, so it’s not like they’re really busting the corporate wallet all the way open. Shuri would probably laugh and tell them to fork over several times that amount—and she’d get it, too.