Chadwick Boseman has been honored by Howard University, where he graduated in 2000, by renaming his College of Fine Arts after the late Black Panther actor. According to the university, Boseman was partly responsible for the still-existence of the School of Fine Arts, as he played an important role in its preservation when the department was considered to be merged into the university’s Collect of Arts & Science to save costs. It looks like there couldn’t be a more fitting symbol to remind the actor of, and a time-lapse video shared by the university showed the new lettering being installed at what is now the Chadwick A Boseman College of Fine doctor.
“Yesterday the letters were installed over the now official Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts,” Howard University tweeted. “An icon in its own right that has left an immeasurable legacy for the next generation. Thank you Mr. Boseman.”
It was originally announced in May that the name change would be made in honor of the star, who, in his own words, did so much to ensure the college remained open on its own for future actors to graduate from. “Chad has fought to retain the College of Fine Arts during his entrance exam at Howard and has remained committed to combat throughout his career, and he would be overjoyed at this development,” Boseman’s family said earlier. “His time at Howard University helped shape both the man and the artist he became, committed to truth, integrity and a determination to transform the world through the power of storytelling.”
The impact of Chadwick Boseman on the future of the university doesn’t stop there either. The school also announced that Disney executive chairman Bob Iger is establishing an endowment that will be named after the… Black Panther actor, and will raise money to add a new arts facility to the campus. Black Panther brought a lot of good stuff to Disney and Marvel Studios, and it seems they’re only okay with giving back to where one of Marvel’s brightest stars began their journey to the big screen.
“Through his great example, he inspired millions to overcome adversity, dream big and reach beyond the status quo,” Iger said in a statement. “And this college named in his honor…will provide opportunities for future generations of artists to follow in his footsteps and pursue their dreams.”
The arrival of the new name comes just after the first anniversary of the actor’s untimely death, which was marked by colleagues, family and millions of fans around the world with tributes, stories and more. Additionally, Marvel’s What If…? series recently aired Boseman’s final performance as T’Challa in a voice role he took on before his death, and came as a poignant reminder of the charisma and style he brought to the role that had such a profound impact on the Marvel Universe. world, just a few years ago. With long lasting tributes such as Howard University, his legacy is one that will not soon be forgotten.