Howard University has made it official renaming its College of Fine Arts department after the late actor Chadwick Boseman, who passed at 43 following a four-year battle with colon caner. The university posted a time-lapse video showing the installation of the new letters of the building which is now named Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts NBC News reported.
p class>“Yesterday, the letters were installed over the now official Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts,” the school wrote in a Tweet “An icon in his own right who has left an immeasurable legacy for the next generation. Thank you Mr. Boseman.”
Howard University first announced in May they would rename the departemtent after the actor, who also graduated from the school in 2000. Boseman graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in directing. During his time at the school, Boseman led a student protest against the absorption of the College of Fine Arts into the larger College of Arts & Sciences, according to the university.
Then in 2018, the same year Boseman made it worldwide fame for playing King T’Challa in the Marvel cinematic universe movie Black panther, the university announced that its performing and visual arts school would return to its independent status.
“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.”
Along with renaming, the department Howard University announced efforts from Walt Disney Company’s Executive Chairman Bob Iger to establish an endowment named after Boseman and raise money to build a new arts facility on the campus.
“Through his tremendous example he inspired millions to overcome adversity, dream big and reach beyond the status quo,” Iger said in a statement in May, “and this college named in his honor … will provide opportunities for future generations of artists to follow in his footsteps and pursue their dreams.”
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