Howard University Honors Chadwick Boseman’s Legacy
It’s only been a year since the death of late actor Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman starred in Marvel’s first black superhero movie, “The Black Panther.” He has also won 55 awards and 96 nominations.
Renaming The Fine Arts Building
Chadwick graduated from Howard University, where he received a BFA in Directing from the College of Fine Arts in 2000. The iconic actor was passionate about the arts within spaces like HBCUs, so he was against merging the College of Fine Arts with the College of Arts & Sciences.
According to Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick,
“Chadwick’s love for Howard University was sincere, and although he did not live to see those plans through to fruition, it is my honor to ensure his legacy lives on through the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts”
In 2018, Howard announced plans to reinstate the art school to stand on its own. And it’s no coincidence that during the same time, Chadwick Boseman was a commencement speaker at the HBCU’s graduation, where he gave a memorable speech along with the iconic Wakanda Forever gesture.
The iconic actor was passionate about his philanthropic efforts and emphasized the importance and magic behind HBCUs. This is why Howard University announced renaming the College of Fine Arts after the “Ma Rainey” actor.
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Along with Howard’s College of Fine Arts renaming, Walt Disney Company’s chairman Bob Iger also added to Chadwick’s legacy. Bob Iger not only promised a state-of-the-art facility to the university but addition an endowment.
“Chadwick Boseman was an extraordinarily gifted, charismatic and kind-hearted person whose incredible talent and generous spirit were clearly reflected in his iconic performances, including as King T’Challa in ‘Black Panther,’ and in his tireless commitment to helping others,” stated Iger.
The late 43-year-old actor’s legacy continues. Chadwick Boseman will always be remembered by many fans, friends, and HBCU alum due to his perfectly curated legacy.