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Free Screening of BLACK PANTHER and Community Fundraiser

Innovative blockbuster celebrates the power of role-modeling and inclusion. This free screening is a community gathering and fundraiser for Charlottesville’s Abundant Life Ministries, African American Teaching Fellows, and City of Promise.

Tuesday April 9, 2019 | Doors @ 7:30pm, Screening @ 8:00pm

The Paramount Theater

Free to attend

Black Panther is one of the most culturally significant, and highest grossing, movies of all time: #9 with $1.4B in worldwide sales! It is one of the first mega-budget films to have an African-American director and a predominantly black cast. Behind the mask of a superhero blockbuster, Black Panther tells the story of what it is to be black and empowered by a gifted, innovative community. Its themes of courage and identity make Black Panther so much more than a superhero movie. It offers inspiration for children and adults alike to harness and share our collective strength.


This screening at Tom Tom is presented free of charge, thanks to UVA Arts. A donation portal will be open to raise funds for three essential organizations who are doing incredible work around education and opportunity in Charlottesville: Abundant Life Ministries, the African American Teaching Fellows, and City of Promise. Prior to the screening, these organizations will offer welcoming remarks to introduce their missions to the Charlottesville community.

This year’s Tom Tom theme is “building better hometowns,” and one of the principal themes is the idea of equity and inclusion in our cities. Black Panther speaks to a hopeful narrative that has been inspirational to so many communities and invites the community to participate in a conversation surrounding some of the core values of Tom Tom’s conferences.


Tamara Dias (CEO, African American Teaching Fellows) will be speaking the next day at the Civic Innovation Conference.

About the Organizations

African American Teaching Fellows: African American Teaching Fellows works to recruit, support, develop, and retain a cadre of African American teachers to serve the public schools of Charlottesville and Albemarle County. They  support the education of African American college students with financial support, professional development, job training skills, and connections within the Charlottesville-Albemarle community. Learn more

City of Promise: City of Promise offers academic support and community uplift for three of Charlottesville’s neighborhoods including Westhaven, Charlottesville’s oldest and largest public housing development.  Through direct services that address academic achievement, and partnerships to support after-school enrichment, the City of Promise cradle-to-college pathway is a proven model that’s changing the game for youth and families. Learn more.

Abundant Life Ministries: Abundant Life demonstrates God’s love through holistic community development in the Prospect neighborhood. They believe in whole-family, holistic ministry, with incentive-based programming that spans from kindergarteners to senior citizens. Through long-term, lasting relationships with parents, children, and residents, they encourage positive community development through academic support, economic empowerment, and spiritual support. Learn more.

Learn More about the Civic Innovation Conference and the Summit


The Civic Innovation Conference, presented in partnership by UVA’s Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost and the Hartfield Foundation, is a day-long forum connecting changemakers across sectors. Session themes such as equity and inclusion, creative placemaking, affordable housing, local journalism, community wellness, and data-driven policy make for a unique event that offers real-world playbooks from across America and fosters alliances for lasting impact on today’s most important challenges.The Conference is part of the multi-day 2019 Tom Tom Summit, whose theme is “Building Better Hometowns.”


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