Chadwick Bosman’s old teacher paid him a heartfelt homage. One year after his untimely death, the late Black Panther hero was honoured at Howard University, with the HBCU’s college of fine arts being renamed after him. On Friday, the institution announced the news via Instagram.
“Installation at Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. The initials were placed on the now-official Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts yesterday. “ With a video of the building, Howard University said. “In his own way, he is a legend who has left an incalculable legacy for future generations. Mr. Boseman, thank you very much. “
Boseman earned his bachelor’s degree in fine arts in directing from Howard University in 2000. Phylicia Rashad, who is now the Dean of the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, was one of his lecturers.
“I am extremely delighted that Howard University has decided to honour my husband in this way and am elated that Ms. Rashad has accepted the job as Dean,” Boseman’s wife, Simone Ledward, said in a statement at the time. Chad was a proud Bison, and both Howard and Ms. Rashad were essential in his development as an artist. The reopening of the College of Fine Arts completes this chapter of his life and assures us that his legacy will continue to inspire new storytellers for years to come. “
I recall his insatiable interest and passion for learning, which he demonstrated by constantly researching a variety of subjects. When I think back on his filmography, which I’ve seen quite a bit of in the last few weeks, it never ceases to amaze me how different he is in each and every part. “And the distinctions are minor,” she continued.
After a four-year struggle with colon cancer, Boseman died at the age of 43. The actor never revealed his diagnosis publicly, only confirming it after his death on Aug. 28, 2020.