One year after his death, Chadwick Boseman has received another prestigious tribute: a college named in his honor.
Howard University, which is the late actor’s alma mater, announced that one of the school’s departments will now be named the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. In a video posted to Instagram, the HBCU shared the momentous news, along with visuals of the letters being installed on one of the buildings on campus. “Yesterday, the letters were installed over the now official Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts,” the official Howard University IG account shared in a caption. “An icon in his own right who has left an immeasurable legacy for the next generation. Thank you Mr. Boseman.”
As noted by Entertainment Tonight, news of this tribute was first shared by the school in May. At the time, Chadwick’s wife, Simone Ledward, spoke of the honor in a statement, remarking on her late husband’s educational experience during his time at Howard. “The re-establishment of the College of Fine Arts brings this part of his story full-circle and ensures that his legacy will continue to inspire young storytellers for years to come,” she said.
Chadwick graduated from Howard University in 2000 after completing his BFA in directing. In 2018, he was welcomed back to the HBCU as the commencement speaker, where he delivered a powerful message complete with a Black Panther “Wakanda Forever” solute.
“Purpose is an essential element of you,” he told the class of 2018, emphasizing that the graduates should focus on their deeper goals in life, not just their job or daily work. “It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history.”
Earlier this summer marked the one-year anniversary of Chadwick’s passing; the actor died on August 28, 2020 after a battle with colon cancer. In addition to the powerful tribute from Howard University, Chadwick was remembered throughout the world by fans, friends, and fellow costars, ensuring that his legacy will live on for years to come.
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