Disney takes inspiration from its latest blockbuster Black Panther and is donating $1 million USD to help open new STEM centers across the United States. The donation will be going to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America to expand its STEM program in Oakland, as well as open new centers in Atlanta, GA; Baltimore, MD; Chicago, IL; Harlem, NY; Hartford, CT; Memphis, TN; New Orleans, LA; Orlando, FL; Philadelphia, PA; Washington, DC; and Watts, CA.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company Bob Iger stated that the move comes in response to young audiences who gravitated to the technology presented in the film.
“Marvel Studios’ Black Panther is a masterpiece of movie making and has become an instant cultural phenomenon, sparking discussion, inspiring people young and old, and breaking down age-old industry myths. 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.”