Figurines of Black Panther and Shuri, two characters in the Black Panther series of comic books. Photo: Tom Hamilton

Kevin Noble Maillard: I took 7th grade students to see 'Black Panther'

Black Panther is shattering box office records with its African superhero storyline. Kevin Noble Maillard, a professor and citizen of the Seminole Nation, took seven 7th-graders to see the film. Writing in The New York Times, he shares what they told him about it:
The film makes me want to start my own tribe and make my own inventions to help the world. It also makes me want to make my own Panther outfit. — Gabriela Myles

I want to go jump over a car and make a tribe as well because if Black Panther can do it, then I can as well. — Kayin Scrubbs

The movie makes me want to come back from the dead and take out people with my claws. — Marquez Celestin

[It makes me want to] protect my family, believe in myself, never give up on anything, and try to achieve my goals even if it leads to me dying. — Paris Bellinger

For people of color, it shows us that we that we can get through any obstacles that are thrown at us if we work together. We can also help the world by sharing our resources. — Jaheim Hedge

This film is important for black people because we must represent ourselves and not be scared to show who we are. Also to make ourselves known to the world. — Ethan Tudor

It shows them their roots. It shows how much more they can be by just looking a little bit deeper into where they come from, just like the main character’s cousin. — Scottia Coy

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Kevin Noble Maillard: I Took 7th Graders to See ‘Black Panther.’ Here’s What They Said. (The New York Times February 18, 2018)

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