I was able to do a little research about the latest marvelous Marvel marvel, Black Panther. Black Panther just feels like a celebration of the Black Power movement. First introduced in Marvel in the 1960’s during a time of turmoil and struggle for the black community. But this super hero is different from the standard, he is a leader, he is a king and he is one of the pioneers of heroes of African descent.
The power of the 60’s is memorialized by the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. The African-American community had champions fighting for the people, fighting for basic human rights. Given the time period of massive civil unrest including lynching, mass murder and deep-rooted segregation the Blank Panther character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. First introduced in 1966 the Black Panther character was found a bit of longevity over the years. The phrase “Black Panther” also became synonymous with the “Black Panther Party” founded by Huey P. Newton in that same year.
The history of America is inseparably tied to the history of the African in America. The fight. The struggle. The systemic minimization of the African-American male in America, creates an sub-conscious feeling of pride that an African-American can be viewed as a hero without the associated negative stereotypes. Marvel’s Black Panther is directed by an African-American, has a strong African-American cast and is being made available on the big screen for all to witness.