Democratic gubernatorial candidate Chris King treated 20 children and their families to a screening of the new blockbuster movie “Black Panther” Monday night, followed by a discussion of discussion of black history issues it raised.
“‘Black Panther’ isn’t just another movie –– it’s the first time that many children are seeing a superhero who looks like them on screen,” King stated in a news release issued Tuesday. “These kids deserve to be treated to a movie that celebrates them and I was honored to host them. I believe Florida needs leaders who will serve the African American community with excellence, lift up black voices and give every Floridian a chance to succeed.”
King, a Winter Park businessman, invited members of a local Boys & Girls Club, the Elevation Scholars program and other civic organizations, plus members of their families, to the screening at the Winter Park Village Regal Cinema, according to King’s campaign.
King faces Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, former Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine, and former U.S. Rep. Gwen Graham in seeking the Aug. 28 Democratic primary nomination to run for governor. The leading Republicans are U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis of Ponte Vedra Beach and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.
The movie was followed in the theater by an open discussion in the context of Black History Month.
Popcorn was included.