*“Black Panther” star Letitia Wright hopes her character Shuri will inspire young black girls in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), where women of color made up less than 10 percent of working scientists and engineers in the U.S. in 2015
The younger sister to T’Challa (aka the Black Panther), Princess Shuri is the engineering genius who leads her African homeland of Wakanda, the most technologically advanced society in the universe.
The Guyanese actress told HuffPost that the marriage of positive images of Africans with technology in “Black Panther” is important for fans to see, she said.
“Even reflecting on it now, I can see little glimpses of when they go down to the Great Mound and go down to Shuri’s lab how beautiful that is. Just seeing that there’s young kids in Shuri’s lab, teenagers and people coming together to create technology. That’s beautiful,” she said. “All together, it means a lot to see the continent in that way and see the motherland in that way ’cause it’s such a beautiful place.”
The actress also said she hopes young girls will unlock their potential when watching Shuri, especially when it comes to STEM.
“I hope it inspires them and I hope it does [so] positively. I hope it sparks the next person,” Wright told HuffPost.