The upcoming Marvel movie Black Panther is a big deal for a lot of people. As the first movie within the Marvel Cinematic Universe to primarily focus on a black African hero, many children and adults alike can’t wait to see this kind of representation on the big screen.
The movie is so highly-anticipated, in fact, that even the film’s main actors have had difficulty nabbing a ticket!
Despite that, Ron Clark Middle School in Atlanta, Georgia managed to buy enough tickets for every student to attend the movie. When the announcement was made, their excitement could not be contained:
— Ron Clark (@ronclarkacademy) February 2, 2018
The students clapped, cheered, danced, and hugged all set to the soundtrack of the Black Panther movie.
“They flipped out,” Wade King, the director of curriculum at Ron Clark Academy told ABC News. “It was like an explosion of just pure joy.”
The video got over 30,000 likes and 8,000 retweets. A separate video of the same event got over 170,000 likes and 54,000 retweets.
The students just found out we are all going to see BLACK PANTHER! We will have a day of cultural classes, African dancers, historical lessons and then we will all go see the film! Turn up!!!! @ronclarkacademy @chadwickboseman #tlhanna pic.twitter.com/oUhWse5ghr
— Wade King (@WadeKing7) February 2, 2018
While seeing the movie is sure to be a fun time, there is an educational purpose behind taking the kids to see it. Right now, students at Ron Clark are learning about imperial history and African Art. The school plans on incorporating the Black Panther comics into this curriculum, which extends beyond history courses into subjects like math, science, and even physical education.
The students are clearly all very enthusiastic about the movie. Hopefully they’ll be this enthusiastic about the other aspects of their school work as well!
Meanwhile, witnesses simply enjoyed the children’s pure and unadulterated reaction to the news.
“Everyone was super excited. It was just very emotional,” said King. “It was awesome just seeing them super excited about it.”