Paying Homage to A Man of Integrity – Brother Chadwick Boseman (1976 – 2020) By Cassiette West-Williams

Sometimes humility is overlooked, but actor Chadwick Boseman’s integrity and character kept him humble and with his people. As students crossed their arms and proclaimed “Wakanda Forever,” many adults marveled how a young Black man made an impact in this world, has now gone home to the ancestors.

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Chadwick Boseman, 43, was not a household name, yet his young life has been celebrated on and off-screen, due to how he gave back to others quietly, despite his personal battle with colon cancer. He died on August 28th in Los Angeles, CA, and several memorials have been held in his honor.

Flags were flown at half-staff in his native home of South Carolina, by S.C. Governor Henry McMaster.

Boseman was recently lauded for his role as KING T’ Challa in his role in the Black Panther movie. It was

the largest money making film for Marvel Comics in history (2016-2020). The film grossed more than $1.3 billion at the box office. Later came costumes, bed sets for children, toys, coloring books, and materials for adults and children. The movie left a cultural and historical impact internationally for actors of color.

Boseman was supposed to start training for the Black Panther sequel this month. Disney is having discussions to determine how his role will make a transition.

He also had the lead role in “42” (The Jackie Robinson Story), Marshall ( U. S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall Story), Get on Up (The James Brown story), Da 5 Bloods, and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, his last movie, which will be released on Netflix later this year.

The Howard University alumnus was private and quietly purchased items for children with the Make A Wish Foundation and other hospitals, putting the young people before his needs. He graduated from the university with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), and he attended the British American Drama Academy, but his colleagues said that his talents went far beyond acting. They credited him with having natural skills that cannot be taught in school. And as a person, he was not about giving himself credit as a superstar but was working behind the scenes, without camera rolling, to assist others.

Boseman was recently married and had no children.