When actor, advocate, and philanthropist Chadwick Boseman died on August 28, 2020, it shocked the world. In addition to Boseman’s portrayals of real life icons like Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and Thurgood Marshall, his performance as Marvel’s T’Challa aka Black Panther helped bring the African diaspora to the MCU in a way that was as necessary as it was joyful. All of which is to say that his legacy as a performer is eternal.
Still, Boseman was more than an actor and, thankfully, we’re seeing new ways his legacy is being passed down. It’s been well reported that Boseman’s support for the performing arts at his alma mater led to the well-deserved renaming of the theater program from which he was a graduate (via Playbill), and now Howard University has announced a new way the HBCU plans to honor its distinguished alumnus, while also helping to forge a path for future inheritors of Boseman’s legacy.