The world lost actor, writer and director Chadwick Boseman on August 28 after his 4 year battle with colon cancer. Boseman is well known for his quiet yet regal presence and brining to life some of the most iconic historic figures in American history: US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall in the biopic “Marshall” , iconic showman James Brown in the movie “Get on Up” and trailblazer Jackie Robinson in “42”.
He is most known as the protraying the very first Black Super hero character to headline its own movie, “The Black Panther” in 2018 as part of Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The kicker is that he delivered all opf these roles while battling in the midst of battling a very dangerous disease.
A note on the social media posts announcing his premature death noted that he endured treatments for the disease in between working diligently on some movies, many of which were very grueling and physically taxing on his body.
“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much,” his family said in a statement. “From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more — all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”
Only his family and closest inner circle were aware of what he was going through as The Black Panther director Ryan Coogler issued a statement where he said he too was in the dark over the news that Boseman had been quietly battling cancer.
Boseman’s absence will be felt as his most iconic role inspired many children of all races, but in particualar children of color who had never before experienced a major cinematic movie feature a super hero that looked like them and their family.
He did leave us some inspirational words during interviews and while accepting his honorary Doctorate degree at his alma mater Howard University where he gave the commencement speech in 2019,
Here are 10 quotes to inspire:
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