By Victor Ochieng
The Black Panther movie already hit our theaters and the reaction has been amazing. The film has performed pretty well and a lot more people are still waiting to catch it at their local theaters. Tickets were sold, with many businessmen, pastors, and institutions purchasing tickets in large numbers just to make it possible for different people, including the poor, to watch the movie, believing it’s revolutionary and inspiring.
In fact, an Alabama church even offered to purchase tickets for its members to watch the movie and later have a discussion on it. The church believed there was so much to learn from the film and that the lesson therein would help its members become better Christians.
The release of the movie was timely, coming during Black History month; at a time discussions on racial identity was in top gear. The film embodies African culture and is an undoubtedly inspired by Africa. One thing the directors did pretty well was strike the right notes and ensure the entire flow doesn’t feel cheap or gimmicky at any one stage. It has a great flow, message, and inspiration, something that has given it great appeal within the African American community, among other film lovers from other races.
Black Panther’s positive energy is inspiring institutions and people to do great things. There are also those who just want to identify with the film or the fictitious country in which the film is set.
That’s clearly the reason why Pastor Jamal Bryant chose to organize a Wakanda Sunday, in which his church, Empowerment Temple, invited worshipers to come dressed in their best African attires for a worship service.
In Wakanda, people are dressed purely in African attires and that’s what Bryant is seeking to bring to the church through his Wakanda Sunday service. The Wakanda Sunday service started yesterday February 25, 2018, and people honored the call, coming dressed in their best African outfits. He intends to have the Wakanda Sunday service run through March until Easter.
Bryant knows how to pick on topical issues and ride on them to grow his church or just make it more exciting. He picks on everything, including political discussions, social issues and now movies to ensure that his church is constantly engaged with the goings on in the ‘world.’