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Reestablished College of Fine Arts Named in Honor of Alumnus Chadwick Boseman

Boseman's career as an actor, director, writer and producer inspired millions around the world.

Chadwick Boseman at Howard Commencement ceremony

The newly reestablished College of Fine Arts has been named after beloved alumnus Chadwick Boseman (B.A. ’00), whose career as an actor, director, writer and producer inspired millions around the world.

“When Chadwick Boseman returned to campus in 2018 to serve as our commencement speaker, he called Howard a magical place. During his visit, I announced our plans to reestablish the College of Fine Arts, and he was filled with ideas and plans to support the effort in a powerful way,” said President Wayne A. I. Frederick.

As a student, Boseman led a student protest against the absorption of the College of Fine Arts into the College of Arts and Sciences. Long after graduating he, along with other alumni, continued to engage in conversations with Howard University administration.

The Walt Disney Company’s Executive Chairman Robert A. Iger is leading fundraising efforts in honor of Boseman, a cherished member of the Disney/ Marvel family, to build a new, stateof- the-art facility to house the college and an endowment for the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts.

A native of South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing. He is known for playing iconic roles that uplifted Black characters, including Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Justice Thurgood Marshall and King T’Challa in the “Black Panther.”

This story appears in the Fall 2021 issue.

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