02/22/2018 12:02 EST | Updated 02/23/2018 12:48 EST

These Photos Of Black Kids Watching 'Black Panther' Highlight Why This Film Was Needed

Welcome to Wakanda.

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Ron Clark Academy sixth-grader De Ja Little, 12, joins classmates in watching the film "Black Panther" on Feb. 21, 2018.

Black Panther,” which opened last week, has been a hit at the box office and with critics. The film is the first Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster featuring a black superhero as the lead and an almost entirely black cast, and audiences are loving it. 

Recently, young black students around the country, including those from Atlanta’s Ron Clark Academy, got a chance to see the film. Photos captured the students’ reactions as they visited the fictional African nation of Wakanda for the first time.

Check out photos of the students watching “Black Panther” below.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story indicated that “Black Panther” was the first Marvel blockbuster featuring a black superhero. In fact, it is the first such movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.