Today as I write this post many in the world are saddened by the recent passing of actor Chadwick Boseman, who lost a four-year battle with colon cancer. Boseman, aged 43, was perhaps most widely known for starring in the iconic role of the Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Boseman, was more than just an actor, the parts he chose to play demonstrated, his belief that “Purpose is the essential element of you”. He shared those exact words during his commencement address at Howard University’s 2018 graduation ceremony. Appropriately, when Boseman starred as the Black Panther, he captivated the minds of young children of color, who now understood that they too, could be royalty, and their countries could be the most technologically advanced in the world.
Similarly, Boseman played the role of Jackie Robinson an American professional baseball player who became the first African American to play in Major League Baseball in the modern era. Robinson broke the baseball color line when he started at first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947. Furthermore, he starred as Thurgood Marshall an American lawyer and civil rights activist who served as Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from October 1967 until October 1991.
Along with other roles, Boseman showed that anything was possible, and barriers of injustice and discrimination could be broken with perseverance, purpose, and intentionality.
May his soul Rest in Peace, and Rise in Glory.