Journey to Wakanda with the Friends of African American Art & Culture

Sanford Greene renders Black Panther in charcoal for his students. Photo credit: Sanford Greene.

Columbia, S.C. – The Friends of African American Art & Culture (FAAAC) brings the cinematic experience of Black Panther to the Columbia Museum of Art on Friday, May 4, 2018. The evening kicks off with a brief year-in-review followed by an interactive conversation between Marvel Comics illustrator and Benedict College professor Sanford Greene and comic book expert and University of South Carolina professor Dr. Qiana Whitted.

“As a black comic creator, it is especially gratifying to see a film like Black Panther be as successful as it is,” says Greene. “It has broken down doors for many stories to be told with black characters or any characters of color as the main attraction. I'm excited to be a part of this new creative wave!”

Whitted says, “With Black Panther now ranking as one of the highest-grossing movies worldwide, the Marvel film provides a renewed platform for thinking about how art and popular culture imagine black futures — and not necessarily as a perfect, utopian place, but as a space that puts black agency at the center of debates over technology, global leadership, and social justice.”

The journey to Wakanda doesn’t end there. The celebration continues with authentic African cuisine from Mimie’s Delect-A-Bowls, vibranium and heart-shaped herb cocktails, and dancing to the sounds of Afrobeat spun by DJ Preach Jacobs.

The FAAAC is a CMA membership affiliate group inclusive of all genders, ethnicities, and ages brought together by an appreciation for the artistic and cultural contributions of African Americans. The primary mission of the FAAAC is to educate, enrich, and inspire while increasing engagement with members of the community.

$15 / $5 for FAAAC members. Wakanda-inspired attire encouraged. Cash bar.

For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.