Howard University has renamed its College of Fine Arts after actor late Chad Boseman, who died last year at 43 following a tough battle with colon cancer.
Howard University first announced in May that it would rename its performing and visual arts school after the “Black Panther” actor who also happens to be an alumnus of the school.
Boseman graduated from Howard in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in directing.
During his time at the university, Boseman and fellow students protested the school’s proposal of closing the college of fine arts and having it be absorbed by the college of arts and science.
The Walt Disney Company’s Executive Chairman Robert A. Iger will personally lead fundraising efforts in honor of Boseman, a cherished member of the Disney/Marvel family, to build a new, state-of-the-art facility to house the college and an endowment for the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts.
“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. 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 at his beloved Howard University will provide opportunities for future generations of artists to follow in his footsteps and pursue their dreams,” said Iger.
Yesterday, the letters were installed over the now official Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. An icon in his own right who has left an immeasurable legacy for the next generation. Thank you, Mr. Boseman.
— Howard University (@HowardU) September 3, 2021