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Howard University Renames Fine Arts College After Late Alumni, Chadwick Boseman

today27 May 2021

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Way to honour the legend!

Howard University, a private institution in Washington D.C. is renaming its College of Fine Arts after their late alumni, Hollywood actor Chadwick Boseman.

Last Wednesday the institution renamed the arts school after the Black Panther star who earned an Academy Award nomination for his performance in “Ma Rainy’s Black Bottom”. Boseman who graduated from the private institution in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in directing, died last August at 43 due to colon cancer.

 

 

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Following the late actor’s death, Howard students petitioned to have the fine arts school renamed after Boseman. Howard President Wayne A.I. Frederick said he, too, was thinking of a way to honor their late graduate.

The new building will house the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, its TV station, WHUT, and its radio station, WHUR 96.3 FM.

β€œWe are very excited. This is the right thing to do,” Frederick said.Β β€œChadwick’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.”

 

 

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The actor’s performance as King T’Challa in the 2018 film “Black Panther” brought international acclaim to Boseman. The film gave back more than $1.33 billion in revenue, with $700 million in U.S. box office receipts alone, following reports from movie financial tracking website, Β the-numbers.com.

Chairman of Disney, Robert Iger,Β  Frederick said, β€œwanted to ensure” he helped β€œmemorializing” Boseman’s work and the university’s efforts in β€œdiversifying the entertainment industry.” Frederick said Iger made a personal donation but declined to elaborate.

 

 

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May the late actor forever be remembered by the students of Howard University and possibly the entire world, following this change. Wakanda forever!

*Cover Image Credits:GETTY IMAGES / GARETH CATTERMOLE

Written by: Mifzal Malik

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