Chadwick Boseman has been immortalized at his alma mater, Howard University.
The storied HBCU has named their re-established College of Fine Arts to the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts. The new college is also now led by famed actress Phylicia Rashad as Dean.
“I remember his smile and gentle way,” she said in 2020. “I remember his unending curiosity and his love of study, studying many things all of the time.
As Variety reports, Boseman’s family thanked Howard President Wayne A.I. Fredrick and the Howard Board of Trustees for bestowing the honor on their late family member.
“Chad fought to preserve the College of Fine Arts during his matriculation at Howard and remained dedicated to the fight throughout his career, and he would be overjoyed by this development,” said the family in a statement. “His time at Howard University helped shape both the man and the artist that he became, committed to truth, integrity, and a determination to transform the world through the power of storytelling.”
The family also added that they felt with Rashad at the helm, the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts would “inspire artistic scholars for many generations.”
Simone Ledward-Boseman, Boseman’s widow, also released a statement, stating how “extremely pleased” she was that Howard has named its fine arts college in his honor, as well as how “elated” she was that Rashad was now in a leadership position as the college’s 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.”