Dem lawmakers attend 'Black Panther' screenings on opening weekend

Several Democratic lawmakers in the House and Senate took to social media to share that they were attending showings of the Marvel movie "Black Panther" on the film's opening weekend.

Democratic Reps. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeDem rep: Tour of migrant detention facilities ‘heart-wrenching’ Dem lawmaker wants UN to send observers to US-Mexico border to look at family separations The American experience is incomplete without its neighbor – The argument for Americanism MORE (Calif.) and Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersWaPo editorial board: Sarah Sanders 'should be allowed to eat dinner in peace' Meghan McCain tears into Maxine Waters for urging protests against Trump officials Maxine Waters calls on supporters to confront Trump officials in public spaces MORE (Calif.) both tweeted about the movie, with Waters tweeting a picture of herself with one of the film's stuntwomen, Janeshia Adams-Ginyard.

Lee, meanwhile, thanked the film's director Ryan Coogler for attending a screening in her district in California.


"This is Black Excellence at its finest. Ryan Coogler, thank you for sharing #BlackPanther with us. You make the #EastBay proud. #WakandaForever," the lawmaker tweeted.

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenElizabeth Warren tours immigration center: 'It's a disturbing picture' Mulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Trump calls Nevada Dem Senate candidate 'Wacky Jacky,' renews 'Pocahontas' jab at Warren MORE (D) tweeted a picture of herself alongside her family at a screening Friday night.

The blockbuster superhero hit, which is the first Marvel movie to feature a majority-black main cast, is expected to bring in at least $213 million during its opening weekend in ticket sales, according to Deadline.

Members of the activist group Electoral Justice Project have used the film's release as a chance for a voter registration drive targeting African-Americans with a social media campaign called "#WakandaTheVote."

"This weekend we wanted to meet our people in Wakanda," two of the group's founders told the website Blavity. “We know that for some it's a superhero world, but we know that the world we deserve is still waiting to be built — and we want to build it.”