Name Howard University's College of Fine Arts in Honor of Chadwick Boseman

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As 2020 continues to progress, we are faced with another immeasurable loss- the death of the acclaimed and beloved actor Chadwick Boseman. Our prayers and positive thoughts are with his wife, family members, and friends during this extremely difficult time. Amongst other roles, Chadwick is well-known for his cinematic portrayal of iconic Black legends including Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, James Brown, and the wildly popular superhero King T'Challa from the movie Black Panther

An alumnus of Howard University, Chadwick graduated in the year 2000 with a BFA in Directing. During his time at Howard, he was a vocal advocate to sustain the College of Fine Arts, rather than allow it to be minimized to the Division of Fine Arts and become absorbed by the College of Arts and Sciences. He also participated in a multi-day protest in opposition of the university's efforts. Though the students were unsuccessful at the time, change would come years later. When he returned to The Mecca to deliver the commencement speech for the class of 2018, Chadwick Boseman was a part of President Wayne A.I. Frederick's announcement that the College of Fine Arts would be reinstated, and he was able to rally students together by once more sharing his support and advocacy for Howard's Fine Arts community.

Understandably, the impact of COVID-19 has delayed the re-establishment of the College of Fine Arts, though transitory steps are still being taken. We petition the Howard University Board of Trustees and President Frederick to take the necessary steps to formally and seriously consider naming our new school the "Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts" in honor of our alumnus, hero, and advocate. This is one small way for the Howard community to commemorate Chadwick Boseman and the love, loyalty, and immense talent that he shared with us and the world.

Upon reaching our goal, the link and signatures for this petition will be shared in a formal communication with President Frederick and the Board of Trustees.