By Gary A. Johnson, Founder/Publisher – Black Men In America.com
Posted: August 30, 2020
When I heard about the death of actor Chadwick Boseman I was shocked. Dude was so young–just 43-years old. And then I heard about the circumstances of his death–complications from colon cancer. Despite his four-year battle with colon cancer that included multiple surgeries and chemotherapy, Boseman visited hospitals inspiring children suffering and dying from cancer.
Talk about courage and working through adversity, Chadwick Boseman continued acting in seven movies and played three pivotal figures in American history, four pivotal figures if you count King T’Challa in the groundbreaking movie “Black Panther.” The three icons Boseman portrayed were Jackie Robinson in “42”, James Brown in “Get on Up,” and Thurgood Marshall in “Marshall.”
Chadwick Boseman proved that it’s not how long you live your life, it’s what you do with the time you have on this earth.
This is a tremendous part of his legacy that impacted me the most.
If that wasn’t enough, Twitter confirmed that the tweet announcing Boseman’s death has been verified as the most “liked” tweet of all time. The message went viral and now stands alone at the top of Twitter’s metrics board with more than 5.7 million “likes.”
Boseman died at his home as a result of complications related to colon cancer on August 28, 2020, with his wife and family by his side.
Rest in peace and POWER.
An alumnus of Howard University, Boseman provides words of inspiration to the Class of 2018 during Howard University’s 150th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 12 in Washington, D.C.