Scott Edwards ‘21
Associate Editor in Chief
There are people in the world that can make a difference for the better. And unfortunately, 2020 has proven to be a year where many people that either could or have made a difference have passed. Whether it was from COVID-19 or a freak accident, it has been a taxing year with way too much loss. But few losses have caused as much widespread mourning as the recent passing of Chadwick Boseman.
The late, great Chadwick Boseman was taken far too soon from this world when he passed away due to colon cancer on August 28, 2020, at the young age of 43 years old. It was announced on his official Twitter page that he had battled the disease for the last four years, which was a shock to so many.
Mostly known for his time as an actor, Boseman played some of the biggest roles Hollywood could offer including his incredible rendition of Jackie Robinson in the movie 42, as well as taking on the role of “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown in the film Get On Up. These are just two of his incredible roles, but there’s one role that he took on and made his own, which left the biggest impact he possibly could on the world. That role, of course, is the role of the Marvel superhero Black Panther. Starring in his own solo film as the character as well as a number of movies, including the highest-grossing film of all-time, Avengers: Endgame, Boseman made the Black Panther persona his own and will forever be remembered for his interpretation of the character.
And while his acting was phenomenal in the film Black Panther, his delivery gave the world something perhaps even more important. For young African American boys and girls, he was the superhero that looked like them. And what he did off the cinema screen may have been even more impactful, showing us he was that real-life superhero and someone any kid, no matter the color of their skin, could look up to. It was something of so much importance that can never be overlooked, something that will forever be remembered. There’s a reason that when he passed away #WakandaForever trended on Twitter. ABC (owned by Disney) even aired Black Panther in full on Sunday night followed by a special to remember the great Chadwick Boseman.
What’s so special in all of this is that Chadwick Boseman got on the map of so many in Hollywood through his work of playing historical figures who helped change the world for the better. Jackie Robinson was a legend in sports and the world as he was the first African American player in MLB history, breaking down that racial barrier. James Brown was a musical icon who helped change the game in music forever. Boseman played both of those parts to a tee, and got his own name out there by doing so. We can probably expect someone to play him in a future film because of the monumental life he lived.
We remember Chadwick Boseman as a family man, a real hero to so many, and the true image of a King. As Disney perfectly put it, he is forever our King, our Black Panther, and one of our all-time favorites. Boseman left a hole in the world that cannot be replaced by a single being.
Thank you Chadwick Boseman, Rest in Power.