Howard University to Re-Establish College of Fine Arts and Honor Alumnus Chadwick Boseman
Black Panther star and Oscar-nominated actor, Chadwick Boseman, who passed away due to stage III colon cancer in 2020, is one of the forever-cherished alumni at his alma mater, Howard University.
The university has decided to name its College of Fine Arts, which was newly re-established, in honor of Boseman.
University president Frederick feels deeply about the world-famous actor and said that when he returned to campus in 2018 to serve as their commencement speaker, he called Howard a magical place. During his visit, the plans to re-establish the College of Fine Arts were announced by President Frederick, and Chadwick was incredibly supportive of the idea and even started coming up with ideas and plans to support the college powerfully.
He then went on to say that Chadwick's love for Howard University was sincere, and although he did not live to see those plans through to fruition, he says it is an honor to ensure his legacy lives on through the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. The plan is to go forward with the positive assistance of the actor's wife and the Chadwick Boseman Foundation.
Other than this, the university will also have the support of The Walt Disney Company's Executive Chairman Bob Iger, who has kindly volunteered to lead the fundraising effort for building the state-of-the-art facility and endowment for the college.
While Chadwick Boseman was attending the university, he led a student protest against the absorption of the college of fine arts into the college of arts & sciences. And even after his graduation, Boseman actively engaged in conversations with the administration in favor of the effort to proceed. So, the plans to re-establish the college of fine arts were announced in early 2018, allowing several art students to study in a fine institution.
During his matriculation at Howard University, Chadwick dedicated himself to preserve the College of Fine Arts and continued with the fight throughout his career. His family said that his time at the institution truly helped shape both the man and the artist that he became and that he would be overjoyed by this establishment.
They further went on to say that his time at the university helped him become who he was – committed to truth, integrity, and a determination to transform the world through the power of storytelling.
The statement also included them saying that under the dynamic leadership of his former professor and mentor the indomitable Phylicia Rashad, they are confident and that the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts will inspire those who are passionate about art for many generations.
Bob Iger, who will be administering the fundraising said that 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.
Lastly, Iger said that the example that Chadwick has created has inspired millions to overcome adversity, dream big, and reach beyond the status quo; the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts will surely bring forth loads of opportunities for future generations of artists and pursue their dreams.