Howard University has officially renamed its College of Fine Arts after the university’s late alumnus and actor, Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman died on Aug. 28, 2020, at the age of 43. The Black Panther star passed away at his home surrounded by family after years of battling with colon cancer privately.
The university which has now revealed the first look at the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts on Instagram, had announced in May 2021 that it would rename its college of fine arts after the Oscar-nominated actor, who graduated from the university in 2000.
Boseman spent considerable time advocating for the college to be reinstated, both while attending the school and after he graduated.
The University wrote;
“Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts Installation. Yesterday, the letters were installed over the now official Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. An icon in his own right who has left an immeasurable legacy for the next generation. Thank you Mr. Boseman.”
Reacting to this, the late actor’s wife, Simone Ledward Boseman said;
“I am extremely pleased that Howard University has chosen to honor my husband in this way and elated that Ms. Rashad has accepted the role as Dean.
“Chad was a very proud Bison — both Howard and Ms. Rashad played integral roles in his journey as an artist. The re-establishment 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.”