Students at a Georgia middle school erupted with joy when they found out they are all going on a trip to see “Black Panther,” one of the most anticipated films of the year.
Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta posted a video of the students' reactions to the news and it quickly went viral.
In the video, 120 fifth- to eighth-grade students celebrated the news with dancing.
“I think it’s really important for kids to see themselves represented,” Ron Clark, the founder of the middle school, told InsideEdition.com.
The kids will see the film on Feb. 16.
“Black Panther,” which stars a largely black cast, is the finale to a two-week, African-immersion project at the school.
Before seeing the movie, the students will learn about African culture with a series of different lessons.
The students will also take DNA tests to learn more about their heritages. The effort is being spearheaded by two teachers at the school, Clark explained.
“For them to be able to see a movie where there is an all African-American cast, especially a blockbuster, it doesn’t happen often. So it’s very exciting” Clark said. “I didn’t think they’d be as excited, but it was beautiful.”
The video of the children has been viewed more than four million times since it was posted Friday.
“In our school we try to provide students with cultural experience. We want them to have strong connections to their heritage,” Clark said.