Chadwick Boseman’s Alma Mater Names a Building After Him

Howard University, the late Chadwick Boseman’s alma mater, is honoring the actor by renaming a College of Fine Arts building after him.

The historically black university showed off the newly renamed building in a time-lapse video posted on their social media accounts. “The letters were installed over the now official Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts,” the school said in a tweet. “An icon in his own right who has left an immeasurable legacy for the next generation. Thank you, Mr. Boseman.”

Boseman graduated from Howard in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing. At the time, the university chose to integrate the College of Fine Arts into the College of Arts & Sciences, a decision that Boseman and other students campaigned against.

However, Howard announced their plans to reestablish the school in 2018.

In a statement earlier this year, Howard University President Wayne A. I. Frederick said, “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 through the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts.”

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Boseman at Howard University in May 2018

After the announcement of the new building, Boseman’s family also shared their thoughts on the decision. “Chad fought to preserve the College of Fine Arts during his matriculation at Howard and remained dedicated to the fight throughout his career, and he would be overjoyed by this development,” they said in a statement. “His time at Howard University helped shape both the man and the artist that he became, committed to truth, integrity, and a determination to transform the world through the power of storytelling.”

Boseman starred in a number of films like 42 and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, but he was most notable for his role as King T’Challa in the Marvel film Black Panther. He reprised his role for both Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame before he died in August of 2020 from colon cancer.

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