Chadwick Boseman: A Legacy

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Nolan Brown, Sports Editor

This past Friday, August 28th, the news of Chadwick Boseman’s tragic passing rocked social media, with many offering their condolences to his family while honoring his legacy. Boseman is most widely known for his role in Marvel’s 2018 blockbuster hit “Black Panther”. The star held many other iconic rules including Jackie Robinson in “42”, James Brown in “Get On Up” and Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall”. His influence was widely acknowledged, and he stood as a beloved and well respected figure in the entertainment industry as well as children’s hearts around the world. Serving as one of the first black heroes on the big screen and doing so gracefully, paving the way for children of color everywhere. The family announced his death via twitter, stating that he was “diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it [the] last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.” Despite years of what had to be an unbearable pain, Boseman remained a beacon of strength for his community and peers while fully dedicating himself to his work. During a powerful 2018 speech given at Howard University, his alma mater, Boseman rounded out his address concluding, “Sometimes you need to feel the pain and sting of defeat to activate the real passion and purpose that God predestined inside of you.” These times portrayed a role far beyond that act of acting, embracing his role as an icon and a humanitarian in which he knew his words held the most meaning. In a 2018 interview on Sirius XM Boseman also talked about the passing of two kids during the production of Black Panther, both who suffered from terminal cancer. His alignment with their pain, while neglecting to bring up his own battles, was a reflection of his consistent empathy, understanding, and resilience. Though his life was cut short, his legacy will live on.