Howard University, Washington DC, United States is renaming its College of Fine Arts after alumnus Chadwick Boseman.
Chadwick Boseman was an American actor and playwright. After studying directing at Howard University, he began working consistently as a writer, director, and actor for the stage. He played the main role in Marvel’s Black Panther.
The University’s President, Wayne A. I. Frederick announced on Wednesday, saying the newly reestablished College of Fine Arts will be named in honour of alumnus Chadwick Boseman, “whose remarkable career as an actor, director, writer, and producer inspired millions around the world.”
“During his tenure at Howard, Boseman led a student protest against the absorption of the College of Fine Arts into the College of Arts & Sciences. Long after graduating, he, along with other alumni, continued to engage in conversations with Howard University administration – their efforts were not in vain. Plans to re-establish the College of Fine Arts were announced in early 2018,” the University stated.
In the statement, Chadwick Boseman’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.”