(Picture shows Council Member Williams making the presentation)
Black Panther has already shattered several box office records, earning $242 million dollars in its opening weekend and taking the nation, and the world by storm.
Recently, at a preview screening, City-Council Member Jumaane Williams recognized its creator–Ryan Coogler for the other ways that the film, and its writer/director, have made history.
The Council-Member presented Ryan Coogler, the writer and director of Black Panther and Creed, among other films, with a New York City Council Proclamation, recognizing the contributions that the young artist has made to cinema, and in particular, the way in which his films have celebrated Black culture. The Proclamation read in part:
“It is of vital importance to celebrate heroes of color, to create role models in the super hero universe and to unabashedly celebrate Black culture in a blockbuster motion picture. Children, and people of all ages, all over the world, are looking to Black Panther as an icon, and in bringing this story to life on such a grand stage, Ryan Coogler has inspired millions. Amid commercial success, he continues to uphold his artistic vision and his passion for storytelling.”
As a former film student and actor, Council Member Williams expressed his deep appreciation for the work of Coogler and other artists like him, in redefining the cinema landscape for actors of more color, and eagerly looks forward to Coogler’s future work.
Meanwhile, Council Member Williams spent much of the Presidents’ Day Weekend at the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators’ Caucus Weekend in Albany, New York. He participated in discussions on a variety of issues and topics relevant to New York City and the rest of New York State.
While there, the Council Member presented a New York City Council citation to Mawulekumi Tokponwey. Mr. Tokponwey was recently honored by the African Heritage Committee of the United Federation of Teachers, who presented him with the Mary MacLeod Bethune Award for Teacher Excellence, and Council Member Williams was glad to have the privilege of commending him for that achievement.
(Picture shows Council-Member Williams making a presentation to Mr.Tokponwey)