“Black Panther” Actor Teams Up with MU Students to Help Schoolchildren

Cyrus Birch III

Cyrus Birch III, who plays a Jabari warrior in the Marvel Studios blockbuster movie “Black Panther,’’ will visit Margaret Willis Elementary School at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 to encourage children to pursue their dreams through education. Birch, who will share the story of the challenges he faced growing up in Charleston, South Carolina, will accompany Methodist University’s Campus Ministry and Community Engagement students, who volunteer on a weekly basis at Margaret Willis.

Birch will spend time on the Methodist University campus later in the day. He and the Rev. Kelli Taylor, Methodist University’s Vice President of Religious Life and Community Engagement, first became friends when he was a student and she was Chaplain at Spartanburg Methodist College in South Carolina. He went on to earn a degree in computer science at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.

He has spent the past 12 years as a dropout prevention coordinator, behavioral interventionist, and youth advocate, as well as embarking on an acting career. He is the president of the nonprofit “Roses In Concrete,’’ which focuses on helping underserved youth.