Disney has raked in $700 Million and counting from the success of Black Panther, now they're taking a bit of that money and using it to help The Boys and Girls Club of America. The Walt Disney Company announced today that they are donating $1 Million to help expand STEM programs. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
In a press release sent out by Disney, Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said “It is thrilling to see how inspired young audiences were by the spectacular technology in the film, so it’s fitting that we show our appreciation by helping advance STEM programs for youth, especially in underserved areas of the country, to give them the knowledge and tools to build the future they want.”
The Boys and Girls Club of America plans to use the $1 Million in grant money to establish new STEM Centers of Innovation in Atlanta, Baltimore, Chicago, Harlem, Hartford, Memphis, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and.... most fittingly with Black Panther's success.. Oakland, CA. If you haven't seen the film - no spoilers - but how it's a pretty incredible parallel that T'Challa fictionally invested in the youth of Oakland, and now Disney is making it a reality.