Chadwick Boseman

In honor of Black History Month, every school day The Cardinal will feature a prominent and historical Black American, living or dead, who has worked toward change, advancement, and/or world peace. Some of them are heroes, and some are unsung heroes, who deserve recognition, and have made a contribution to society.


Aileen Velasco, Staff Writer

Chadwick Boseman was an astonishing and notable actor. He was born on November 29, 1976 and sadly passed on August 28, 2020. He had been diagnosed with cancer in 2016 but continued to resist and still worked on movies.

Not only was Chadwick a highly respected actor but he also contributed to charities. He contributed to The Boys and Girls Club of Harlem and The Jackie Robinson Foundation. To add, he would also visit children in hospitals with cancer as well. It is known that Chadwick was battling cancer in secret and decided to continue his work after seeing children battling too. Trainer, Addison Henderson, explains that although Chadwick was diagnosed, he wanted to continue to live his artistic life and use his time to change lives. This goes to show how his character was gentle, kindly, and good natured. One of his most famous movies is Black Panther.

Black Panther would open the door to a more diverse movie industry. Black Panther earned $1.8 billion worldwide, one of the highest domestic gross in 2018. The movie shows women empowerment, diversity and representation. Chadwick was seen as an actual hero as his movie gave African American children a superhero who looked like them. Women also felt represented by the strong women guards in the movie. The movie would reach other movie companies to create more inclusive movies.

“The only difference between a hero and the villain is that the villain chooses to use that power in a way that is selfish and hurts other people.” ~ Chadwick Boseman