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UC Santa Barbara’s Black Student Union Holds Free ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Screening, Asks Allies to Support Black-Centered Event

The event was reportedly curated to “support and affirm Black people and Black joy.”

University of California Santa Barbara’s Black Student Union reportedly held a free screening of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever and asked white students to sit it out.

According to an Instagram post made by the organization, the event is intended to be “Black-centered” and a “gathering of Black community.”

“We are lovingly curating this space to support and affirm Black people and Black joy,” reads the event description in the post. “We ask that our non-Black allies support our intention of creating a Black affinity and celebration space.”

The screening of the Black Panther sequel was held at the local Santa Barbara Arlington Theatre. 

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Additionally, a party bus was chartered to transport the students from the school to the theater, according to a IG Stories post made on the BSU’s page.

Wakanda Forever is the highly-anticipated follow up to 2018’s Black Panther, a Marvel film following the stories of Black leaders in the fictional Wakanda region of Africa. Both movies have marked moments that are culturally significant for Black Americans.

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