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Artist & Community Activist Raises Funds To Give Kids Empowering, Inspirational Movie Experience

Jan 11, 2018

Local artist and community activist Jermaine Dickerson.
Credit Lisa Barry

Dozens of Ypsilanti High School and Middle School students will be treated to a special film opening next month thanks to a local fundraising campaign that exceeded expectations.

The movie is "Black Panther," and according to local artist and community activist Jermaine Dickerson, it's one of the first modern studio films with a primarily black cast exploring themes not typically featured in a major movie.

So, Dickerson started a fundraising campaign in hopes of taking 140 kids to see the movie in Ypsilanti who would not normally have that opportunity.

"In two hours, we raised over $3,000, but in total we raised $10,000 in total,” says Dickerson.

Dickerson, who will be honored later this month by the Ann Arbor Arts Alliance with an Emerging Leader Award, says he hopes the kids who get to see the movie feel empowered and inspired and learn that life isn't all about hardships.

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