Howard University President Remembers Alumnus Chadwick Boseman, Calls Him a Man of Grace and Humility
Chadwick Boseman has been honored by the President of Howard University, the college that the late actor attended. See the heartfelt tribute here.
Two years before his death, while undergoing treatment for colon cancer, Chadwick Boseman was the commencement speaker at Howard University for the class of 2018.
Now the president of the university Wayne A. I. Frederick is honoring the late actor and speaking about the friendship he had with Boseman.
News that Boseman had passed away was announced last week on the actor's Instagram page, revealing that he had been battling cancer for four years.
In the post, it was shared that while Boseman had been giving us spectacular performances in several movies, he had been undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy to fight the disease. It added:
"It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. The family thank you for your love and prayers and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time."
News that the actor had died rocked the entertainment industry with many taking to social media to pay tribute to the fallen star.
Recently, the President of Howard University Wayne A. I. Frederick paid tribute to Boseman, sharing a touching In Memoriam for the "42" star.
Frederick added that he had been shocked to hear that Boseman had been dealing with cancer.
In the tribute, Frederick recalled the time Boseman spoke at the university, saying that the actor had spoken fondly of his time at Howard.
He went on to praise the star for leaving an impressive body of work that portrayed Black men with dignity. Frederick said:
"Boseman was a man of grace and humility. A deep thinker who had a deep passion for writing and uplifting his people. [...] He lived a full life by the magnitude of his example."
Frederick added that he was shocked to hear that Boseman had been dealing with cancer while working.
He added that Boseman was the type of guy who always put others before himself, calling him a "selfless human being."
I talked w/Howard University prez Dr. Wayne Frederick about Chadwick Boseman's commencement speech, why he was "uncharacteristically nervous," and his reflection's on Chadwick's words now knowing he was facing cancer then: "It shows his grace." My story: https://t.co/qxfVuayPSR pic.twitter.com/zB3XVYbBFl— Chris Gardner (@chrissgardner) September 1, 2020
The actor first found fame when he played legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson in "42" which then led to other roles as prominent Black figures.
Oprah Winfrey also paid tribute to him by calling him a gifted soul and adding that he was what dignity looks like.