Chadwick Boseman Honored When Howard University Names College Of Fine Arts For Him

People are honored in different ways, but Howard University decided to honor Chadwick Boseman by naming the recently restored College of fine arts after him.

According to the Washington Post, this occurred as a result of a petition that was circulated by students of Howard University.

After Boseman died in 2020, there were others who were in favor of this petition, including the president of the University, Wayne A.I. Frederick.

Photo: flickr/Gage Skidmore

The University went to Twitter to post about the decision, saying: “Howard University is pleased to name the College of Fine Arts after our iconic alumnus Chadwick A. Boseman, whose remarkable career as an actor, director, writer and producer inspired millions around the world.”

Photo: Twitter/Howard University

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Many people were surprised when Boseman died on August 28, 2020. He had been struggling with colon cancer but decided to keep it hidden from his fans. In 2021, he was awarded a Golden Globe posthumously and nominated for an Academy Award.

According to the Washington Post, Frederick spoke about the contributions that Boseman made to the community at the campus, as well as his support for the fine arts program. He went on to say that when he visited, he had announced a desire to re-establish the College of Fine Arts and wanted to support it in a “powerful way.”

Frederick also put photos on Twitter of Boseman at Howard when the announcement was made.

Photo: Twitter/Wayne A. I. Frederick
Photo: Twitter/Wayne A. I. Frederick

Both performing and visual arts programs will be held at the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. It will also hold the television and radio stations at Howard University, as well as the Cathy Hughes School of Communications.

Boseman’s wife, Simone Ledward-Boseman, said to the outlet that she is pleased that Howard University made the decision to honor her husband.

She said: “Chad was a very proud Bison — both Howard and Ms. Rashad played integral roles in his journey as an artist.”

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