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Saturday, April 1, 2023 1:30PM


Black Panther Screening and Lecture


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Black Panther (2018). Directed by Ryan Coogler/written by Ryan Coogler, Joe Robert Cole, action-adventure/sci-fi, 134 min., PG-13

The program begins at 1:30 pm with “From Sidekicks to Superheroes,” a prescreening lecture by Dr. Sonny Kelly. The film starts at 2 pm and is followed by a 30-minute informal talkback with Dr. Kelly and youth in the audience.

This screening event is presented in conjunction with special exhibition Ruth E. Carter: Afrofuturism in Costume Design, which displays more than 60 of Academy Award–winning costume designer Ruth E. Carter’s original garments from films such as Black Panther, Malcolm X, Do The Right Thing, and Coming 2 America.


About the film
Marvel Studios’ Black Panther follows T’Challa, who, after the death of his father, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. When a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested as he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life.

About Dr. Sonny Kelly
Sonny Kelly is a world-class performer, storyteller, motivator, speaker, and comedian. He holds a PhD in communication and performance studies from UNC–Chapel Hill. In 2022 he founded Legacy Heirs Productions as a vehicle to entertain, educate, and empower individuals and communities.

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Tickets go on sale March 8 at 10 am for members, and March 9 at 10 am for nonmembers. Please contact our Visitor Experience Department at for more information.

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