by Kopper Boyd
2020 has been extremely rough for everyone, from the onset of COVID-19 to the tension-filled climate of what just may be the new Civil Rights movement. Many would say that nothing could make this year, already filled with so many unwanted surprises and tragedies, worse. But on August 28 we were blindsided by even more tragic news, as it was announced that actor Chadwick Boseman had lost an undisclosed, four-year battle with colon cancer.
Chadwick Boseman, known by many for his portrayal of King T’Challa in Marvel’s Black Panther, was a man of many talents and great character, but most importantly, he was the embodiment of perseverance. Diagnosed with stage three colon cancer in 2016, he worked hard to deliver stunning performances in films that are revered by many
, despite countless surgeries and rounds of chemotherapy.
Boseman portrayed myriad influential Black figures, including James Brown in Get On Up, Jackie Robinson in 42 and Justice Thurgood Marshall in
For Boseman, the success from his acting career was great, but what really moved him was being able to inspire and encourage others to be successful. He considered his role in Black Panther as the honor of his career because of the impact that the movie had on viewers. He recognized that it was an opportunity to highlight African American creativity, and that his community was immensely proud and appreciative to see a superhero that looked like them on the big screen.
This year has been difficult, and will continue to be difficult moving forward, but we can continue to endure and motivate each other the way Chadwick Boseman did for his fans and contemporaries alike. Although concentrating in classes and dealing with the stressors of a pandemic may make our goals and prospective success seem impossible at times, we can do it.
We can continue to find purpose in our day
Kopper Boyd is staff writer for The Sting.