A few weeks ago, a petition called for Disney to invest 25% of their proceeds from “Black Panther” back to the Black community. Disney did not respond directly to the petition, however, there are plans to make a donation albeit, a small one in comparison the megabucks the blockbuster is pulling worldwide. So far, “Black Panther” has secured over $700 million in box office sales after only two weekends in theaters worldwide. It will easily pass the billion-dollar mark. Disney’s CEO Bob Iger revealed in the statement that the studio will donate $1 million to the Boys & Girls Club of America. The donation will go toward the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs in the organization.
“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,” the statement read. Iger added he was thrilled to see,”how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film.”
The Boys and Girls club plan to use the donation to open STEM centers in cities like Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Washington and Baltimore.