FLINT (WJRT) (2/19/2018) - "Black Panther" had a hugely successful weekend at the box office, raking in $192 million during its debut.
But the highly anticipated Marvel film from Walt Disney Co. is more than just a movie for "Little Miss Flint" Amariyanna Copeny and her cousin, Felicia.
Amariyanna and Felicia launched a fundraising campaign to ensure that kids in Flint get to see the film, which features a predominantly black cast.
Amariyanna wanted children in her hometown to see a movie with an empowering message.
"You can be a superhero or your own hero. Just be whoever you want to be," she said.
The message that a popular film with a nearly all-black cast can send children is empowering, Felicia said.
"It's so important that children of color get to see a representation of themselves," she said. "It's important we show that in a good light - that they can be whatever they want to be."
Felicia and Amariyanna lauched a fundraising campaign to send kids to the movie, far surpassing their goal of $5,000.
"Mari tweeted it and it just took off...." Felicia said. "I never would have dreamed we would have gotten to $16,000 dollars at all."
Some 150 kids attended Monday's showing, including about 50 kids from the Boys and Girls Club.
"Opportunities like this is are always great. Kids have a chance to experience what's out here in the community," said Stacy Winchester of the Flint Boys and Girls Club.
Excess money raised for Monday's movie will be donated to the nonprofit Pack Your Back, which provides summer school supplies for Flint students.