Chadwick Boseman Praises Howard University Students For Their Activism

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 WISDOM Chadwick Boseman returned to his alma mater Howard University at the weekend

"I stand here today knowing that my Howard University education prepared me to play Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Thurgood Marshall and T'Challa", said Boseman. Students then protested and campaigned for affordable tuition and campus housing.

"Many of you will leave Howard and enter systems and institutions that have a history of discrimination and marginalisation", Boseman said in his speech.

In addition to telling students that he too fought for problems during his tenure at Howard, which he called a "magical place", he said: "You love the university enough to struggle with it".

The Black Panther star also shared his first experience in the entertainment industry where he got fired after he questioned his supposed role, which according to him, was promoting stereotypical portrayal of black folk.

In the soap opera Boseman played a young black man, with an absent father, and drug-addicted mother, who was lured by a gang.

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After he voiced his concerns to the show's executives, Boseman said he was sacked. It was in his television role that Boseman said he encountered a conflict between his professional ambitions, and personal values and beliefs.

He asked the crowd, "What do you do when the principles and standards that were instilled in you here at Howard close the doors in front of you?" The role was later taken over by Michael B Jordan ― yes, the same one who later starred alongside Boseman in "Black Panther".

Throughout his speech, Boseman blessed students with major life keys that will stay with them for years to come.

"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.

"Purpose is the essential element of you", Boseman told the graduates. "Purpose crosses disciplines. It is the reason that you are 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". "Whatever you choose for a career path, remember the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your objective".

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