In 2016, black voter turnout dropped for the first time in two decades during a presidential election, according to Pew Research Center.Only 59.6 percent of registered black voters showed up to vote, down from a record high of 66.6 percent of registered black voters that cast ballots in 2012, in the presidential contest between incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican former governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts.
We will be registering people to vote at movie theaters across the country so that we can #wakandathevote at the ballot box.' Kayla Reed (left), Jessica Byrd (center) and Rukia Lumumba (right) are working through their organization, Electoral Justice Project, to register African-American voters in person, at theaters showing the Black Panther film Wakanda is the fictional African nation where the Black Panther movie is set, but for Reed, Byrd and Lumumba, it stands for much more than that.'We know that for some it's a superhero world, but we know that the world we deserve is still waiting to be built, and we want to build it!
That's out of an estimated 30.3 million US citizens, age 18 or older, who are black, alone or in combination.
To compare that to data on people 18 or over who identified as white alone or in combination, 129.7 million people were registered to vote in the 2016 presidential election, out of a total eligible US citizen population of 181.32 million who identified as white alone or in combination.
The Black Panther movie is in the running to become the second highest ever grossing film, over four days, behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which took in 8 million over its debut weekend in 2015.
The movie has already beat out Deadpool for the highest-grossing ever launch of a feature film in the month of February.