Trehon Coleman set up a screening of “Black Panther” for his congregation.

Trehon Coleman had never read the Marvel comic “Black Panther.”

But when the movie version started getting hyped last year, the youth pastor at Rising Star Baptist Church, 2800 E. 36th St., took notice.

“I was sitting on my couch (watching TV) when I heard about the movie in November or December,” he recalls.

“I thought, wouldn’t it be awesome if we could do a family film day with the movie.”

Those film days happen a few times a year — they are part of Coleman’s mission to bring the church outside the four walls.

So on Saturday, Feb. 17, 116 members of Rising Star will file into a local theater for a screening of the movie. They bought out every single seat in the theater the day Coleman announced the film day.

While going to the movies isn’t unusual for the group, “Black Panther” is different, says Coleman. He is the first black superhero from a mainstream comic.

The movie is “an opportunity to see someone with the traits that I want to strengthen and pass on,” he says. “The Black Panther represents his people in a positive light and is able to see that his country is well represented.”

Coleman may have never read the Black Panther comics growing up, but he quickly caught up on his reading when he heard about the movie.

He found that the superhero has some impressive skills — he is strong, fast, and boasts night vision and strong healing powers.

Those are fine, but they are not the super skill that Coleman says is the most important.

“He is a leader, “ says Coleman.

“He leads his people and he sees what is going on and he decides to step up. That’s what we want the congregation to do. ”

Contact reporter Kathleen Allen at or 573-4128. On Twitter: @kallenStar


Kathleen has covered the arts for the Star for 20 years. Previously, she covered business, news and features for the Tucson Citizen. A near-native of Tucson, she is continually amazed about the Old Pueblo's arts scene and feels lucky to be covering it.