Howard University Officially Renames Fine Arts Building After Late Alumnus Chadwick Boseman

Howard University has officially renamed its fine arts building in honour of its late alumnus and Hollywood actor Chadwick Boseman. (Phillip Faraone/REVOLT/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — Howard University has officially renamed its fine arts building in honor of its late alumnus and Hollywood actor Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman, who died in 2020 at age 43 from colon cancer, graduated from the university in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in directing, as per reports.

He was instrumental in preserving the College of Fine Arts, which was under consideration for being absorbed into the larger College of Arts and Sciences, as per the university.

The historically Black university shared a time-lapse video showing the installation of the new letters on the school’s building, now the “Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts.”

“Yesterday, the letters were installed over the now official Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. An icon in his own right who has left an immeasurable legacy for the next generation. Thank you, Mr. Boseman,” the school said in a tweet on Sept. 3, 2021.

Howard University had announced in May 2021 that it was renaming its performing and visual arts school after the “Black Panther” star.

“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,” Boseman’s family previously 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.”

The university also announced Walt Disney Company’s Executive Chairman Robert A. Iger would establish an endowment named after Boseman and raise money to build a new art facility on the campus.

The “Black Panther” film was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

“Through his tremendous example, he inspired millions to overcome adversity, dream big and reach beyond the status quo. And this college named in his honor will provide opportunities for future generations of artists to follow in his footsteps and pursue their dreams,” Iger said in a statement.

In May 2021, Howard University announced that it was planning to roll out an entertainment masterclass idea in the student’s curriculum, which Boseman had pitched before his death.

Boseman wanted “Howard University students up to speed on the entertainment biz early and often, which is why he came up with a great idea for his alma mater,” as per reports.

Wayne A.I. Frederick, President of Howard University, told a news organization that the masterclass template for the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts “is actually inspired by the man himself who presented his concept to head honchos before he passed away last year.”

(With inputs from ANI)

Edited by Ojaswin Kathuria and Nikita Nikhil



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