Black Athletes Have Started Celebrating Their Victories With the “Wakanda Forever” Salute from Black Panther

Black Athletes Have Started Celebrating Their Victories With the “Wakanda Forever” Salute from Black Panther

The Wakanda Forever salute is pretty simple, but incredibly effective and for Marvel’s Black Panther, it’s actually turned into a movement you wouldn’t expect. Athletes from different sports have now taken the Wakanda Forever Salute and started to use it to celebrate their own victories.

The first athletes that seemed to have done this are Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba of Manchester United, who were doing the Wakanda salute as far back as a match against Chelsea on Feb. 25. Here’s Lingard’s version:

And here is a shot some fans took from the stadium seats:

 

The salute also crossed into the tennis world last week at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California. On Thursday, French player Gaël Monfils commemorated his victory over Matthew Ebden with the salute. The next day, American player Sachia Vickery, ranked #100 in the world, came from behind to win a stunning upset Friday over #3-ranked Garbiñe Muguruza of Spain. Vickery marked the occasion with a familiar gesture:

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