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 LeeRussia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Overnight Defense: Officials rush to deny writing anonymous op-ed | Lawmakers offer measure on naming NATO headquarters after McCain | US, India sign deal on sharing intel Dems plan resolution to withdraw US forces from Yemen civil war MORE (Calif.) and Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersKavanaugh fight roils an already ugly political climate Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada On The Money: Midterms to shake up House finance panel | Chamber chief says US not in trade war | Mulvaney moving CFPB unit out of DC | Conservatives frustrated over big spending bills 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 WarrenDemocrats opposed to Pelosi lack challenger to topple her More Massachusetts Voters Prefer Deval Patrick for President than Elizabeth Warren Trump's trade war — firing all cannons or closing the portholes? 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.”