Chadwick Boseman’s Howard University 2018 Commencement Speech

This weekend the world was shocked with the news that actor Chadwick Boseman has passed after a silent 4-year battle with colon cancer. He was 43.

Boseman is well known for his portrayal as T’Challa in the hit movie “Black Panther.” He also played Jackie Robinson as well as James Brown in biopics. Boseman is a graduate of Howard University and gave their commencement speech in 2018. Listen to his powerful message to the graduating class.

Rest in power Chadwick Boseman. You are forever be etched into the minds of young Black kids that they too are superheroes. Now you walk amongst the ancestors. We thank you for your powerful performances and adding to our cultural narrative in this world.

Following Boseman’s passing, his family wrote this message to his Instagram:

It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.⁣

Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. ⁣

A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. ⁣

It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.

He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣

The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. ⁣

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