February is about to be Black Panther month once again!
Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, has announced via Twitter that the film will be back in theaters for one week starting Feb. 1 to Feb. 7 at participating AMC theaters. The move is one that, of course, coincides with Black History Month, but it also helps the film increase its visibility during awards season, especially since the film has just been awarded the top honor at Sunday’s SAG Awards ceremony.
If you plan on seeing this again in theaters, don’t worry about getting your money right for tickets; Iger announced that tickets for the screenings will be free. In other words, see it as much as you want and with as many people as you want throughout the week for no fee. This is a good time for church groups, classrooms, and other large gatherings to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
What’s wild is that the good Black Panther news doesn’t stop there. Iger also wrote in his tweet that Disney will give $1.5 million to UNCF (originally known as the United Negro College Fund) “to make the dream of higher education a reality for more students.”
This good deed is indicative of the various good deeds that have transpired since Black Panther. One being Disney donating $1 million to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to grow their STEM programs, which includes the opening of a STEM Center of Innovation in Oakland, CA, making T’Challa’s Wakanda outreach center a reality.
Black Panther‘s good news could continue to roll out this February since the film has the chance to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. But even though awards are great, the film’s positive effects on our cultural and social lives are what make Black Panther truly special.