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Thornton Township presents it’s Black History Month celebration with the showing of Marvel Studios/Disney Production movie ‘Black Panther’ Friday, February 16, 2018

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Frank M. Zuccarelli, President, Thornton Township

“We like to organize interesting and creative programs and we believe people will come away from this event learning some incredible information and history.” President Frank M. Zuccarelli, Thornton Township. 

Dr J L Weems, Director
Youth and Family Services, Thornton Township

“Though the movie is a work of fiction, we believe there are significant parallels. Further, we believe that people of African descent (for example, African Americans) represent an untold, untapped, and vast amount of resources, financial and otherwise.  The question is how do we pool and then leverage the resources in a way that is beneficial to the collective.” Dr. J L Weems, Director of Youth and Family Services, Thornton Township

Dr Jamal Turner
Guest Speaker
Member – Black Panther Party, 1967

“The experiences in the Party (Black Panther Party) to a large degree, as is the case in the movie was grounded around the concept of a warrior based nation. We were a Political and military organization growing an all black nation, a warrior based nation where all leaders were warriors on one and political leaders on the other while simultaneously serving the needs of our people through our various community action programs. I guess you could say the futuristic kingdom of Wakanda (in the movie) is a highly advanced homeland buried deep in the African Sub-Conscious….” Dr. Jamal Turner, Guest Speaker

Marvel Studios/Disney Production Movie

‘Black Panther’

Movie Critics said the following about the movie ‘Black Panther’: 

USA TODAY, Black Panther is finally upon us. The first superhero movie in years to star, a black lead character – with Chadwick Boseman playing an African king…. After the credits ran, social media’s cup runneth over, with early reaction praising the Marvel film for celebrating black excellence at a level never seen before in the genre, and predicting Black Panther will render audiences speechless.

BUZZFEED’s Adam B. Vary called the film’s accomplishments “just astonishing.” “Ryan Coogler  (Film Director) has harnessed the superhero movie – and a really fun one! – to explore profound ideas and create vivid images of black excellence that so rarely ever make it to a giant Hollywood movie. Wow wow wow!”


Date:   Friday, February 16, 2018

Time:  Doors Open 9:15AM            Program   9:30AM  –  1:00PM

Location:  New Vision Lansing 8 Theaters

16621 Torrence Avenue, Lansing, IL 60438

Box Office Phone Number: 708/418-5157

Cost: FREE TICKETS will be given to the first 416 people to register. Tickets are on a first come, first serve basis. To register go to website:, Click on the link to “Register For Free Tickets”.

You must print out the tickets and bring to the theater, OR show the ticket on your smartphone to enter the theater

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Ernst Lamothe Jr, Thornton Township Public and Community Relations Manager, (Phone): call 708/596-6040, Ext. 3150.

In honor of Black History month, here is an interactive timeline highlighting the contributions and milestones of African Americans in Film and TV. With the recent success of ‘Black Panther’, the timeline has now been updated to include all of the records that the film has broken.

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