About 300 students from Caliber Beta Academy in Richmond on Wednesday will receive a private showing of the smash-hit film Black Panther, which was directed and co-written by Richmond-raised Ryan Coogler, who plans to attend the screening, according to community advocate Rodney “Alamo” Brown.
The event will occur at an East Bay theater and is being organized by Soulful Softball Sunday and Coogler’s father, Ira Coogler, Brown said.
Also attending will be former Poet Laureate Dont’e Clark, creator and star of the Netflix documentary, “Romeo is Bleeding.” Clark will open our event with a poem, ‘Let Me Breathe,’ said Brown.
Brown is one of the founders of Soulful Softball Sunday, an award-winning regular event in Richmond that unites residents through the game of softball, as well as through delicious food, community resources, youth scholarships and other positive community activities.
Brown and Coogler say they’re honored to invite the students to Black Panther, which is breaking all sorts of records, including as the “highest grossing superhero film ever in North America, with $631 million in domestic ticket sales,” according to Time.com.
The movie is also Coogler’s latest career success story. His first feature film, Fruitvale Station (2013), won a Sundance Film Festival award, and he co-wrote and directed Creed (2015), the latest in the Rocky series.