In addition to the viral petition asking Marvel to donate 25 percent of its ‘Black Panther‘ profits to Black communities, additional activists have set up voter registration events at theaters screening the box office hit nationwide.
As a result of the huge turn outs by the Black communities witnessed by three Black women, the idea came to them to seize the opportunity to get people registered to vote; welcome #WakandaTheVote campaign.
Furthermore, the largely crowdsourced initiative; headed by Kayla Reed, Jessica Byrd and Rakia Lumumba; encourages local communities to crate and run their own registration events at local theaters or via text.
Also, the trio also created the Movement for Black Lives’ Electoral Justice Project.
Moreover, The EJP aims to:
“Continue a long legacy of social movements fighting for the advancement of the rights of Black folks through electoral strategy.”
Additionally, Reed explains to Vox on Tuesday (Feb. 20),
“In watching Black Panther, what feels familiar about the real world that we’re in and Wakanda is that we need someone to defend our communities against attack. We need to step into the idea that we can all be superheroes and we can all be change agents in our communities.”
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Registered to vote so we can build our own Wakanda? (we got you!)
Text PANTHER to 91990 to create your own voter registration event.
Need to register to vote? Text WAKANDA to 91990. pic.twitter.com/rpGdkM729Y
— Mvmt 4 Black Lives (@mvmt4bl) February 15, 2018
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