Richardson, 14, launched her campaign on GoFundMe two months ago. Now (at press time), she's racked up $17,520.
"This campaign is so very important to me because it will give me the opportunity to change not only girls perception of STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] and space exploration but boys as well," explained Richardson in her original post about reaching her goal.
Richardson also pointed out three reasons why she chose the Ava-Duvernay–directed film, A Wrinkle in Time, which stars a young black girl:
"It shows young, black girls deserving a chance to be a part of the sci-fi cultural canon. It has a female protagonist in a science fiction film. A brown girl front and center 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 color in.
Most impressive and importantly, it’s a fantasy film that is not about some white boys fighting evil, but about a black girl overcoming it."
This isn't the first time that Richardson racked up thousands to send girls to see a film. A little over a year ago, she raised over $19,000 to send 100 girls to see Hidden Figures. It's no wonder she recently nabbed a spot on Teen Vogue’s Class of 2017 21 under 21 for girls who are changing the world.
Now she'll just need to start a new campaign...for the theater snacks. They're expensive!
A Wrinkle in Time is set to arrive in theaters on March 9, 2018.