Howard University To Rename College Of Fine Arts After Alum Chadwick Boseman

Howard University is renaming its College of Fine Arts after Chadwick Boseman, who attended the college before going on to become an A-list actor playing iconic roles including Black Panther, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson and James Brown.

The honor comes after Boseman’s death in the prime of his career last August at age 43 from colon cancer. It also comes after Howard recently named Phylicia Rashad as dean of the recently reestablished College of Fine Arts.

Boseman, who graduated in 2000, received a posthumous Oscar nomination this year for starring in Netflix’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

According to the Washington Post, which broke the news Wednesday, Disney’s Bob Iger will oversee fundraising efforts for an endowment named after Boseman and construction of a new building that will be home to the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts among other departments. The Post said work on the new facility will start soon.

Boseman was born in South Carolina and after graduating from Howard and attended the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford, launching his career after. He was Howard’s commencement speaker in 2018 amid Black Panther’s record-breaking success.

His widow, Simone Ledward-Boseman, who was prominent on the awards circuit this past year as she gracefully accepted Boseman’s numerous awards, thanked the HBCU as part of the news today.

“Chad was a very proud Bison,” she told the Post. “Both Howard and Ms. Rashad played integral roles in his journey as an artist. The reestablishment of the College of Fine Arts brings this part of his story full-circle and ensures that his legacy will continue to inspire young storytellers for years to come.”

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