Howard University in Washington, D.C. is renaming its College of Fine Arts after one of its most prominent alums, the late actor Chadwick Boseman.
Boseman attended and graduated from Howard in 2000 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in directing. On Wednesday, the university renamed its performing and visual arts school after the Black Panther star.
Bob Iger, the executive chairman of The Walt Disney Company is also leading with fundraising for an endowment in Boseman's name and the construction of a new state-of-the-art building on campus.
Not long after he passed, many students signed a petition to rename the fine arts college in Boseman's honor and even the University's president, Wayne A.I. Frederick expressed his desire to somehow honor him. Boseman had agreed to serve on the board of the fine arts college and was planning to develop a series of classes for students before his death.
"We are very excited. This is the right thing to do. Chadwick's love for Howard University was sincere, and although he did not live to see those plans to fruition, it is my honor to ensure his legacy lives on."
Boseman passed away last August from colon cancer at the age of 43.
Source: The Washington Post