The Walt Disney Company is celebrating the massive success of Black Panther by donating $1 million to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, according to a news release.
The donation is meant to further develop the organization’s youth STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs.
“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is a masterpiece of movie making and has become an instant cultural phenomenon, sparking discussion, inspiring people young and old, and breaking down age-old industry myths,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so 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 Boys & Girls Club will use the money to fund STEM centers at “12 communities across the country,” as per the release,
Marvel’s Black Panther has earned $700 million in the worldwide box office, after two weeks of release.
Chadwick Boseman, who stars in the film, took to Twitter to thank Disney and its CEO.
The #BlackPanther movie-ment continues. Thank you to @RobertIger & @Disney for donating $1 MILLION to the @BGCA_Clubs so they can expand their youth STEM programs. You can never go wrong when you invest in kid’s futures. 🙅🏾♀️🙅🏾♂️ #WakandaForever https://t.co/geVtXRREVm pic.twitter.com/z8SUv7V1G5
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) February 26, 2018
Science and technology was a huge part of the film’s plot. Princess Shuri—played by Letitia Wright—ran her own lab and provided technology for Wakanda.