Chadwick Boseman, an alumnus of Howard University graduated back in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in directing. Unfortunately, he passed in August of last year from colon cancer.
Howard University has announced that they’ll be renaming the College of Fine Arts after the late actor.
According to Howard University, during his time at the university Boseman lead a student protest against the College of Fine Arts being absorbed into the larger College of Arts & Sciences.
In 2018, when Boseman became broadly famous for his performance in Black Panther as King T’Challa, the university announced that it would bring its performance and visual arts school back to independent status. Boseman’s family said in a statement:
“Chad fought to preserve the College of Fine Arts during his matriculation at Howard and remained dedicated to the fight throughout his career, and he would be overjoyed by this development.
His time at Howard University helped shape both the man and the artist that he became, committed to truth, integrity, and a determination to transform the world through the power of storytelling,”
The university also announced that the executive chairman of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Iger, will be leading a fundraiser for an endowment named after Boseman and raise money in order to build a new arts facility on the Howard campus. Black Panther was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
Iger said of Boseman in a statement:
“Through his tremendous example he inspired millions to overcome adversity, dream big and reach beyond the status quo and this college named in his honor … will provide opportunities for future generations of artists to follow in his footsteps and pursue their dreams.”
This announcement comes just weeks after Phylicia Rashad, actress from The Cosby Show and Howard alumnus was named as the dean of the fine arts college. The university said Boseman was “trained and mentored” by Rashad when he was a student there.
Rashad also said it a statement:
“Unrelenting in his pursuit of excellence, Chadwick was possessed with a passion for inquiry and a determination to tell stories — through acting, writing, and directing — that revealed the beauty and complexity of our human spirit.”