Alumnus Chadwick Boseman to Deliver Commencement at Howard University

Lawrence Kim
April 20, 2018

"In this case, obviously the African-American and African communities seeing representations like T'Challa and Nakia and Okoye and all these great characters in the context of doing good and being heroic is valuable because those images don't exist that much".

The historically black university is Chadwick Boseman's alma mater, and on Wednesday, they announced that Boseman would be coming back and delivering the commencement address during this year's graduation ceremony.

Talking about his role in the blockbuster "Black Panther", Frederick said, the actors portrayal served as a reminder of the "excellence found in the African diaspora and how places like Howard are hidden, untapped gems producing the next generation of scientists, engineers and doctors". Howard University will confer upon Mr. Boseman the University's highest honor, an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.

Boseman's commencement address comes after the SC native starred in other prominent films where he played iconic black figures including, Jackie Robinson, James Brown and fellow Howard graduate Thurgood Marshall. The film, which is set to be directed by Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins, is Boseman's first feature writing credit.

Boseman has shared his excitement over the moment, adding, "I'm excited to return to the Mecca in celebration of the achievements of our illustrious students". "Let's listen, learn and build with one another".

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