Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Chadwick Boseman Praises Howard University Students For Their Activism

Chadwick Boseman Praises Howard University Students For Their Activism

Boseman referenced student protests about a financial aid scandal and for more affordable tuition and housing on campus, telling them that he too spoke out against what he saw as problems when he attended nearly 20 years ago.

And of course he threw up the Wakandan-X across the chest salute-as he left the stage but modified the statement to, "Howard forever".

"Sometimes you need to feel the real pain and sting of defeat to activate the real passion and goal that God destined inside of you", he told the graduates. "Now you have to continue to do that..." In April, students took over the administration building for eight days.

He also commended them for succeeding in reaching their demands, "You received a majority of your demands, making a significant impact on those who came after you".

Ending his speech, Boseman told the graduates not only to excel but also to strive to achieve their life's objective no matter what path they take.

More than 2,000 students graduated from Howard this year. "It is the reason you are here on the planet at this particular time in history". "Howard's legacy is not wrapped up in the money you will make, but the challenges you choose to confront".

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"Purpose is the essential element of you", Boseman told the graduates.

Boseman said he will lead a campaign to create a separate college of fine arts at the university; at present, Howard has a division of fine arts.

"Savor the taste of your triumphs today", Boseman implored graduates on Saturday. "When God has something for you, it doesn't matter who stands against it", he said.

In addition to Boseman, who received the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Howard's 2018 honorary degree recipients included Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., the first full-time director for research on women's health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Colbert I. King, Washington Post Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist; and Gwendolyn S. King, president of Podium Prose, and former corporate affairs vice president of PEPCO.

As he wrapped his speech, Boseman did his now famous "Wakanda salute" saying, "Howard forever".

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