By: Alyssa Wilson
Historically Black University Howard University is renaming its College of Fine Arts after actor Chadwick Boseman, an alumnus of the institution. According to The Washington Post, a formal announcement will be made on Wednesday.
Boseman, who is known for his roles in the movies 42, Get On Up, Black Panther and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in directing from Howard. He went on to attend the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford University.
The award-winning actor died in August 2020 after a private battle with colon cancer. Days after his death, Howard University students petitioned to have the fine arts college named after him.
Before his death, Boseman agreed to serve on the board for the college. He was working on creating a Master’s Class series for students, according to Howard University President Wayne A.I. Frederick.
“We are very excited. This is the right thing to do,” Frederick said. “Chadwick’s love for Howard University was sincere, and although he did not live to see those plans through to fruition, it is my honor to ensure his legacy lives on.”
The renaming of the college comes a few weeks after Phylicia Rashad was named the new dean. Frederick said, “I can think of no individual better suited to take on this role than Ms. Phylicia Rashad. ”
The distinguished actress and stage director graduated magna cum laude with her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from Howard in 1970. She previously served the institution as a guest lecturer and adjunct faculty member.
Walt Disney Co. Executive Chairman Bob Iger said, “Through his tremendous example, he inspired millions to overcome adversity, dream big and reach beyond the status quo, and this college named in his honor at his beloved Howard University will provide opportunities for future generations of artists to follow in his footsteps and pursue their dreams.”
Congratulations to all the future students of the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts!
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) May 26, 2021