Tom Tom Presents: Free Black Panther Screening and Community Fundraiser
Live Events | 04/9/2019 | 8:00PM
Part of the Eighth Annual Tom Tom Summit & Festival
Black Panther is one of the most culturally significant, and highest grossing, movies of all time: #9 with $1.4B in worldwide sales! It is one of the first mega-budget films to have an African-American director and a predominantly black cast. Behind the mask of a superhero blockbuster, Black Panther tells the story of what it is to be black and empowered by a gifted, innovative community. Its themes of courage and identity make Black Panther so much more than a superhero movie. It offers inspiration for children and adults alike to harness and share our collective strength.
This screening at Tom Tom is presented free of charge, thanks to UVA Arts. A donation portal will be open to raise funds for three essential organizations who are doing incredible work around education and opportunity in Charlottesville: Abundant Life Ministries, the African American Teaching Fellows, and City of Promise. Prior to the screening, these organizations will offer welcoming remarks to introduce their missions to the Charlottesville community.
This year’s Tom Tom theme is “building better hometowns,” and one of the principal themes is the idea of equity and inclusion in our cities. Black Panther speaks to a hopeful narrative that has been inspirational to so many communities and invites the community to participate in a conversation surrounding some of the core values of Tom Tom’s conferences.
Tamara Dias (CEO, African American Teaching Fellows) will be speaking the next day at the Civic Innovation Conference.
Photo Courtesy of Marvel Studios.
For more information: www.tomtomfest.com/blackpanther
About the Organizations:
- African American Teaching Fellows: African American Teaching Fellows works to recruit, support, develop, and retain a cadre of African American teachers to serve the public schools of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. They support the education of African American college students with financial support, professional development, job training skills, and connections within the Charlottesville-Albemarle community. Learn more.
- City of Promise: City of Promise offers academic support and community uplift for three of Charlottesville’s neighborhoods including Westhaven, Charlottesville’s oldest and largest public housing development. Through direct services that address academic achievement, and partnerships to support after-school enrichment, the City of Promise cradle-to-college pathway is a proven model that’s changing the game for youth and families. Learn more.
- Abundant Life Ministries: Abundant Life demonstrates God’s love through holistic community development in the Prospect neighborhood. They believe in whole-family, holistic ministry, with incentive-based programming that spans from kindergarteners to senior citizens. Through long-term, lasting relationships with parents, children, and residents, they encourage positive community development through academic support, economic empowerment, and spiritual support. Learn more.