A young boy received the surprise of a lifetime after being gifted a prosthetic leg adorned with imagery from Marvel’s Black Panther.
The boy, Mikey, hopped out of his seat with excitement when Milton Purnell handed him his newly designed leg featuring an image of T’Challa (Black Panther’s real name) the king and protector of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. Purnell created the artwork for the leg and watched on as Mikey did a little jig when he tried it on.
The video, which was posted to Facebook on May 31, has gone viral serving as an example of Black boy joy and the importance of representation. Black Panther is the first superhero of African descent in mainstream American comic books. The film featured a mainly Black cast and became the top-grossing superhero film of all time in North America.
Watch the video above to see Mikey’s heartwarming reaction.
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Christina Santi is a news and culture writer for EBONY.com. Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, she considers herself a well-read, not so traditional feminist with a heavy interest in music, fashion and pop culture. Christina currently lives in New York City, where she refers to her Cuban & Jamaican descent often while writing about her experiences as a first-generation Afro-Latinx in America. She also devotes time writing personalized reading material for her tutees and turning ideas into words for streetwear brand, PUER By Noel Bronson.