Updated: Sep 29, 2020
by Tamera Robinson
Chadwick Boseman, 43 year-old actor in the groundbreaking Marvel film, “Black Panther” passed away August 28, 2020. Boseman had been battling stage three colon cancer since 2016. According to a statement posted on his Twitter account. He passed away at home with his family and wife by his side.
Boseman was a South Carolina native and graduated in 2000 from Howard University, a historically Black college in Washington, DC. During his time there, he also attended the British American Drama Academy at Oxford in 1998.
Boseman has played many films, his first prominent role as Jackie Robinson in the film “42”, the appearing in films such as “Get On Up”, “Marshall”, “21 bridges”, and “Da 5 Bloods”.
Although he kept his health exceedingly private, according to USA Today “He showed up between surgeries and chemotherapy. The courage. The strength. The selflessness. The resilience. He fearlessly and silently fought for his life while inspiring a generation of boys and girls by pushing boundaries and ushering in a new era of representation.”
Boseman playing the role of King T’Challa in “Black Panther”, becoming a global icon and an exhilarating symbol of Black power. He showed a prime example of Black excellence as the Black community suffers from racial injustices and inequality. His death was one of so many tough losses in 2020, especially after another Black icon, Kobe Bryant.
Sen. Kamala Harris, who also attended Howard, said she was heartbroken over Boseman's death. "My friend and fellow Bison Chadwick Boseman was brilliant, kind, learned, and humble," she tweeted. "He left too early but his life made a difference. Sending my sincere condolences to his family." (CNN)
Boseman "brought history to life" with his roles, Martin Luther King III said. "As Black Panther, he was also a superhero to many," King wrote on Twitter. "And despite his 4 year long battle with cancer, he kept fighting and he kept inspiring. He will be missed." (CNN)