BLACK IN TECH NASHVILLE PARTNERS WITH MEHARRY MEDICAL COLLEGE TO BRING 200 GIRLS OF COLOR TO SEE ‘A WRINKLE IN TIME’
Black in Tech Nashville, a group dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion within the tech industry, has partnered with Meharry Medical College to bring approximately 200 girls of color to see ‘A Wrinkle in Time.’ In addition to the movie, girls will also be treated to an empowerment pep rally prior to the start of the movie. The media is invited to attend the empowerment mixer and other activities at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 11 at the Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 RPX at One Hundred Oaks.
NASHVILLE (March 5, 2018) – Black in Tech Nashville is no stranger to the importance of representation. The group has dedicated itself to cultivating networking, workforce development, and funding opportunities so that people of color may be positioned to thrive in the technology industry. So, when the premiere date for ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ – the 2018 American science fantasy adventure film directed by Ava DuVernay based on the cannonic 1962 novel of the same name by Madeleine L’Engle – was announced, the group’s founder, Fallon S. Wilson, doubled down on her commitment to representation.
For Wilson, it became increasingly important for girls to see movie characters – especially those characters operating in a fantasy world filled with science and technology – who looked like them on the silver screen.
“We are cultivating an experience for girls that we hope will inspire them to become more interested in science, technology, engineering, and math,” Wilson said. “‘A Wrinkle in Time’ is a classic, and it just so happens to have women and a girl at the center as heroes. I am excited about this opportunity to inspire so many young people in our community.”
Wilson and Black in Tech Nashville partnered with Meharry Medical College to sponsor the movie tickets for girls via its Falcon Scholarship Fund. The Falcon Scholarship Fund offers financial assistance to students in need of additional support to cover tuition and other fees while in medical college. To make a tax-deductible gift to the Falcon Scholarship Fund, visit here.
In addition to the movie, girls will also be treated to a Girl Empowerment Pep Rally in advance of the show. The pep rally will feature DJ Afrodeshiak, poets of Southern Word, and more. The empowerment pep rally will begin at 2 p.m., while the movie is set for 3 p.m. Both events will be held on Sunday, March 11 at Regal Hollywood Stadium 27 & RPX in One Hundred Oaks.
Black in Tech Nashville and Meharry Medical College collaborated with Creswell Middle School, Haynes Middle School, Nia House, Ray of Hope Community Church, American Muslim Cultural Center, and First Baptist Church Capitol Hill Community Outreach to identify the 180 girls who will attend the celebration on Sunday.
‘A Wrinkle in Time’ stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, and Mindy Kaling. DuVernay is the first black female director to pilot a $100 million film.
The media are invited to attend the pep rally and viewing of the movie.