By Dwyane Ashley, President/CEO Bridge Philanthropic Consulting
Chadwick Boseman was first and foremost a Superhuman Being and Philanthropist. Most knew him as one of the greatest actors known for his portrayal of T’Challa in Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Nonetheless, his greatest role was a Philanthropist.
From his roots in Anderson, South Carolina, Boseman had firsthand knowledge of the importance of helping people, as others had helped him on his road to stardom. In 1990s at Howard University where Boseman was studying to become a director at Howard University, Actress Phylicia Rashad was Boseman’s acting teacher and mentor. She knew he was special. So when he was in need of a sponsor to pay his tuition to the British American Drama Academy’s Midsummer at Oxford Program at Oxford University, Oxford, England, UK, Rashad asked actor/director Denzel Washington if would he pay his tuition and he said yes!
Boseman never forgot Denzel’s act of kindness and would often say, there would be no Black Panther without the support of him. In 2018, the proficient performer delivered a powerful commencement speech at Howard University encouraging students to rise above traumatic experiences and applauding their campus activism.
Boseman’s philanthropic force, paid it forward. He donated his personal time to work with several cancer foundations as he suffered with his own four-year battle with cancer. He made it known when he frequent St. Jude’s and other childhood cancer treatment centers to surprise young fans with a once in a lifetime experience. In April 2020, the actor donated $4.2 million worth of PPE equipment to hospitals serving Black communities during COVID-19 pandemic.
He assisted in Disney’s Black Panther’s film marketing campaign by helping to support the fundraising campaign and donated $10,000 of his own money to the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem to pay for children to see the Black Panther for free. Later, he encouraged Disney’s decision to donate $400 million to charitable causes.
Boseman once said, “You can never go wrong when you invest in kids futures”.
Boseman was also an activist and philanthropist supporting social justice initiatives like Michelle Obama’s #WhenWeAllVote and celebrating Kamala Harris’ history making selection as the Democratic Vice-Presidential nominee for the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, which was his last Twitter post before his death.
The Jackie Robinson Foundation said Boseman helped the organization advance its goal to provide scholarship, mentorship, leadership conferences and job placement opportunities for youth.
As fate would have it, Boseman passed away on Jackie Robinson Day at the age of 43.
Bridge Philanthropic Consulting (BPC) knows that the world has loss one of the great ones. Boseman’s values were deeply rooted in giving back and helping others. fulfilled his destiny by helping other people and used his celebrity to provide awareness to charitable causes wherever he could. Gone too soon.