Boseman, who died last year at age 43 from colon cancer, graduated from Howard in 2000 with a bachelor of arts degree in directing. He was instrumental in preserving the College of Fine Arts, which was under consideration for being absorbed into the larger College of Arts & Sciences, according to the university.
The historically Black university shared a time-lapse video showing the installation of the new letters on the school’s building, now the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts.
“Yesterday, the letters were installed over the now official Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts,” the school said in a tweet Friday. “An icon in his own right who has left an immeasurable legacy for the next generation. Thank you Mr. Boseman.”
“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,” Boseman’s family previously said 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 university also announced Walt Disney Company’s Executive Chairman Bob Iger will establish an endowment named after Boseman and raise money to build a new arts facility on the campus.The Black Panther film was produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
“Through his tremendous example he inspired millions to overcome adversity, dream big and reach beyond the status quo,” Iger said in a statement. “And this college named in his honor … will provide opportunities for future generations of artists to follow in his footsteps and pursue their dreams.”