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The “Black Panther” craze is real.

Marvel Studios partnered with Pittsburgh Public Schools to host “Black Panther Community Day,” Feb. 10. Students participated in a panel discussion at Pittsburgh CAPA, Downtown, to discuss whether comic books and graphic novels are an appropriate tool for the classroom. Panelists included School Board President, Dr. Regina Holley, Pittsburgh CAPA senior and AACAS president Ciara Sing, and Pittsburgh Obama IB Coordinator and film teacher Joe Ehman.

Before the panel, Pittsburgh CAPA students that are part of the Reed II Dance Company, performed a dance choreographed to “Alright” by Kendrick Lamar, producer of the Black Panther soundtrack.

Later in the afternoon, more than 150 students from Pittsburgh CAPA, Pittsburgh Linden, Pittsburgh Obama IB film class, Pittsburgh Westinghouse girls basketball team, and the African American CAS Executive Committee gathered on the South Side for a private screening of the movie. This nationwide student initiative surrounds the Feb. 16 release of Black Panther.

Community Day provided a unique opportunity to reinforce the power of the community as a whole and the heart of the community—families.

Merecedes J. Howze, For New Pittsburgh Courier

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