The dream of 54 students of the New Hope Foundation Academy to watch the blockbuster superhero movie, “Black Panther, has come to pass through the assistance of Dr. Malachi York’s Foundation.
Enabling the less fortunate children, some of whom are even orphans, to have access to the cinema hall of Silver Bird TM-Cinema in Monrovia, the York Foundation spent over US$ 500 to allow them see all the fascinating scenes of the full-fledged African cultural film.
Taken to the Silver-Bird TM Cinema at Mamba Point in Monrovia by the kind courtesy of Dr. Malachi York’s Foundation, the c0-ed group of 54 students sat patiently as the cinema’s management projected the captivating movie which depicts the possibilities of Africa transcending its current status as a continent should it choose to use its available resources and technology.
Addressing the Daily Observer at the end of the film yesterday, Mr. Saqar Ahhah and Mr. Den Tut Rayay, both visiting Liberia from the Malachi York Foundation’s headquarters in the US said they were happy that they have got the opportunity to identify with people and children of an origin they too belong to.
“The Malachi York Foundation is so pleased for getting a chance to share with students and teachers of the New Hope Foundation Academy. We are challenged to do a lot more, not only for the school but for Liberia as the forerunner and torch bearer of independence as well as the emancipation of people of color once enslaved to the white man land by their own kind’ Ahhah said.
For his part, Den Tut Rayay noted that their foundation’s investment in the education of Liberian youth and children through scholarship and educational aid programs as well as the payment of teachers’ salaries at New Hope Foundation Academy remain top priority because his foundation has been a partner to the school for nearly six years now and has seen good results coming.
About sponsoring the school’s field trip this year to a premier cinema for the purpose of watching “Black Panther” and seeing new areas in central Monrovia that they (students) have not had the opportunity to see over the years, Rayay said the task was making history and dreams real to the students.
Students Adoma G. P. Adjei and Gibson Lelona, both from the junior high division of the school accounted that the blockbuster film teaches Africans a great of holding together and believing in themselves to cross milestones seen today as impassable.
“The kingdom of Wakanda was a great kingdom but when a son of its own kind became hater of its peace by spying for a foreign land, the kingdom had to suffer. Betrayal is not good,” Adjei said.
She said no family or a home remains strong when people go against each other. “This movie has helped me to know that we need to love each other as Africans and believe in ourselves. We have to trust the ability of our continent to be a strong supporter of the improvement of the lives of people of other nationalities who are not Africans. We have to be loving and caring about each other,” she said.
Also speaking, the vice principal for administration (VPA) of New Hope Academy, Mr. Ekenneh G. Sahn his school is grateful to the Malachi York Foundation for always identifying with his school since the partnership between them began 2013.
“We have made field trips to Benoni Urey’s farm in Careysburg and some other areas near Monrovia but we have not reached to this central part of Monrovia neither a major cinema like this with our students,” Sahn said, noting that his school appreciates the Malachi York’s foundation. He added that the foundation underwrote the cost of traveling and witnessing the movie without any additional cost to the school.
About the movie
After the death of his father, T’Challa now prepares to be crowned the new king of Wakanda. However, T’Challa finds that his position is now being challenged by the appearance of an old enemy named Killmonger, which puts both Wakanda and the world at risk. Teaming with the Dora Milaje, his little sister Shuri, and his CIA ally Everett K. Ross, T’Challa must harness the powers of the Black Panther to fight his enemy and save Wakanda from destruction. (IMDB)
The Black Panther movie is an epic story starring a character from the Marvel Comics by the same name. Featuring an African superhero, directed by an African American, with a majority black cast, the Black Panther movie has already grossed well over $763.3 million at theaters worldwide. That puts the film well among the coveted top 100 highest-ever world ranking, at 81st place.
“This movie puts people of color in the forefront. The main character is a person of color. The majority of the cast are people of color,” said PBS News Hour presenter Jeffrey Brown. “So, we’re finally getting to see the diversity of America reflected back to us on screen. And, you know, people and children of color can go see a superhero film now where the hero looks just like them.”
Brown, who is also a white US citizen, said, “Well, the great thing about Black Panther is that, before now, Hollywood was never quite sure that movies that feature a black lead, that were helmed by a black director, that was written by a black writer, they were never sure how those films would play around the world. With the success of “Black Panther,” with the success of Jordan Peele’s “Get Out,” that myth has been shattered forever.”