In an interview on Good Morning America, Taylor Richardson, 14, explained, “I wanted all girls, especially girls of colour, to know they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up and also can struggle and have flaws and still be successful in life.”
The campaign, which began in November 2017, had a goal of raising US$15,000 but at the time of this reporting, the initiative has raised US$21,692.
The money raised will be used towards movie tickets and a private screening of A Wrinkle In Time. She also accounted for snacks for the audience in her fundraising goal.
Since the 14-year-old girl passed her goal, she will be using the extra money to buy 100 girls a copy of the book and the rest will go toward the Astronaut StarBright Space Camp scholarship.
14-year-old girl raises over $20,000 to send 1,000 girls to go see @wrinkleintime: "I wanted all girls, especially girls of color, to know that they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up." https://t.co/dEFAp1fcV7 pic.twitter.com/Alvx8h1Us9
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 21, 2018
On the GoFundMe page, Richardson explains why it’s so important to her to raise this money to provide this opportunity for other girls.
“I’m so excited about the upcoming movie A Wrinkle in Time, which is scheduled to come out spring 2018,” she writes. “It shows young, black girls deserving a chance to be a part of the scifi cultural canon; [i]t has a female protagonist in a science fiction film. A brown girl front and centre who looks like me in the role of Meg, a girl traveling to different planets and encountering beings and situations that I’d never seen a girl of colour in; [m]ost impressive and importantly, it’s a fantasy film that is not about some white boys fighting evil, but about a black girl overcoming it.”
She laid out the cost breakdown on her GoFundMe page as follows: US$13 per child ticket; US$10 refreshments per child; US$15 per chaperone ticket; US$15 refreshments per chaperone; and US$8.99 for the book for the first 100 girls.
Taylor Richardson, a14-year-old aspiring astronaut just raised more than enough money to send 1,000 girls to see “A Wrinkle in Time.” pic.twitter.com/xwnRLGGBNZ
— Black Girl Magic ✨ (@BlackGirlMagix) February 13, 2018
This isn’t Richardson’s first time fundraising for a good cause. When she was nine, she raised enough money to send herself to space camp. The teen has dreams of pursuing a career in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
Last year Richardson also raised more than US$18,000 and hosted multiple screenings to help 1,000 girls see Hidden Figures in Jacksonville, Florida.
Richardson’s mother, Latonja Richardson, said her daughter’s campaign results are “mind-blowing.”
“She has so much drive and determination and, on top of it, she’s a really great kid,” her mom told ABC News. “She takes time to pay it forward not just to girls that look like her but all kinds of kids all around the world. It’s mind-blowing.”
She added, “As a parent, it’s my due diligence to support her in every way I can.”
A Wrinkle in Time hits theatres on March 9.