It’s no secret that Marvel’s “Black Panther” is smashing records left and right.
The action-packed film raked in $218 million dollars opening weekend, making it the biggest February movie debut of all time.
“Black Panther” is also the top-grossing film by a black director with a predominantly black cast.
As a result, activists are using the ‘Wakanda Forever’ hype to get more black people to the polls this election season.
The Electoral Justice Project is leading voter registration drives at “Black Panther” screenings in theaters around the country ahead of the 2018 midterm elections and Election Day. Early voting has already kicked off in Texas.
“2018 is a crucial year for midterm elections and this Spring and November we can vote for the world we deserve,” the Movement for Black Lives group posted on its website.
"We don’t have to be superheroes to #WakandaTheVote."
Groups of activists have been registering movie-goers while they wait in line to see the blockbuster hit that has everyone talking, from NBA players to former First Lady Michelle Obama.
Congrats to the entire #blackpanther team! Because of you, young people will finally see superheroes that look like them on the big screen. I loved this movie and I know it will inspire people of all backgrounds to dig deep and find the courage to be heroes of their own stories.— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) February 19, 2018
In 2016, black voter turnout dropped for the first time in 20 years in a presidential election, according to the Pew Research Center.
In an effort to “expand and mobilize the black electorate” on issues that affect their lives, Movement for Black Lives works to recruit, train and engage black voters.
More than 100 registration drives have been set up at "Black Panther" screenings around the country.
In addition to setting up on-site voter registration drives, people can also text ‘WAKANDA’ to 91990 to register as well.