Howard University renames College of Fine Arts after Chadwick Boseman

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By Wisdom Deji-Folutile

Howard University has renamed its College of Fine Arts after late American actor Chadwick Boseman.

Boseman, who graduated from Howard in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Directing, died in August 2020 at 43 from colon cancer.

The university also announced plans to kickstart a fundraiser for the establishment of a new state-of-the-art building on the campus.

The new facility will house the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts, the Cathy Hughes School of Communications, its TV station, WHUT and its radio station, WHUR 96.3 FM.

Following the Oscar nominee’s death, Howard University students had circulated a petition to have the fine arts college renamed after Boseman.

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Howard President, Wayne A.I. Frederick, said he was thinking of a way to honour the ‘Black Panther’ actor.

“We are very excited. This is the right thing to do. Chadwick’s love for Howard University was sincere, and although he did not live to see those plans through to fruition, it is my honour to ensure his legacy lives on,” Frederick said.

Boseman’s most famous movie, “Black Panther,” was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.

Boseman played the movie’s lead character King T’Challa.

The film brought in more than $1.33bn in revenue with $700m in the United States box office alone.

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