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Howard University holds its' commencement ceremonies with famous alum Chadwick Boseman as guest speaker in Washington, DC.

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The fact that we lost Chadwick Boseman last month still doesn’t seem real, but that disbelief is why it’s so important we continue to honor him as we mourn such a great loss.

While he has a lot of incredible roles on his resume, his biggest was playing the titular role in Black Panther and throughout other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel fans are always extremely passionate about their faves, but in this case, Chadwick made history, and for that, he’s got millions of young children looking to him for inspiration and representation.

Because his contributions to the franchise were so huge, it’s only right the company in charge of it all, Disney, pay their respects to Boseman the right way. Disneyland unveiled their mural to the late actor on Thursday. Located in the Downtown Disney shopping district, the installation–which is titled “King Chad”–shows Boseman giving the Wakanda Forever salute to a child wearing the Black Panther mask and a hospital gown.

The heart-warming mural is meant to be a callback to the time the actor visited children with cancer at the St. Jude campus in Tennessee two years ago, all while he was privately dealing with colon cancer.

Take a look at the mural, done by Nikkolas Smith, down below:

Smith captioned the photo with a heartfelt tribute to the late actor:
“This one is special. My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney,” he wrote. “It is a full-circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the children’s hospital project and the Avengers Campus.”
The artist continued:
“To millions of kids, T’Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman,” Smith continued. “I’m so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick’s life and purpose in this way. I am grateful to the Disney family for being so supportive of my journey as an artist.”

Chadwick Boseman was diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer in 2016. The family recently revealed that the actor had been quietly battling the aggressive cancer for over four years. The real-life hero worked throughout his film career undergoing treatment.

Interested in purchasing your very own mural of Chadwick? Portraits of the mural are available on Nikkolas Smith’s website.


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