Activist Group Inspired By ‘Black Panther’ Create #WakandaTheVote To Increase Voter Registration
The activist organization, Electoral Justice Project, is using Black Panther’s success to set up voter registration booths at movie theaters.
The opening weekend for Marvel’s Black Panther is on pace to destroy some cinematic records. And rightfully so, as the movie is a pure, unadulterated classic that gives US a look at how beautifully powerful we really are. Plus, it’s a superhero film, so you get to feel and see just how badass we can be as well.
Hype and box office success aside, an activist organization known as the Electoral Justice Project, is using this opportunity to set-up voter registration booths at movie theaters across the country as part of their #WakandaTheVote campaign. “We are effective because we meet our communities where they are, whether that’s in the streets, at the city council meeting, or in the movie theater,” the initiative’s co-founders Kayla Reed and Jessica Byrd told Blavity.
“This weekend we wanted to meet our people in Wakanda,” they added. “We know that for some it’s a superhero world, but we know that the world we deserve is still waiting to be built – and we want to build it!” Reed and Byrd, who started the initiative with Rukia Lumumba, noted that this is an exceptionally opportune time due to the midterm elections coming up in November. This year, all 435 House of Representative seats and 34 of the 100 senatorial seats are up for election.
If you find yourself enthused or encouraged to get involved, please text PANTHER to 91990 to set up registration booths under the #WakandaTheVote campaign. To register to vote, Black Panther viewers can head to the booth with people in “Wakanda-inspired outfits” at their local movie theater or text WAKANDA to 91990.
There is also BlackPantherChallenge.org, which is a site that’s sharing free resources for teachers based on the Marvel movie, and is advocating for people to register to vote.