Howard University announced Wednesday that it has named its newly reestablished College of Fine Arts after the late actor Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman, who died in August 2020 at the age of 43 after suffering from colon cancer, was well-known for portraying iconic figures in movies like Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall and the Black Panther. He graduated from the HBCU back in 2000 with a BFA in directing and delivered a powerful commencement address for the university in 2018.
Congratulations to all the future students of the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts!
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) May 26, 2021
“We are very excited. This is the right thing to do,” Howard President Wayne A. I. Frederick said in a statement. “Chadwick’s love for Howard University was sincere, and although he did not live to see those plans through to fruition, it is my honor to ensure his legacy lives on.”