Best quotes from Chadwick Boseman's Howard University graduation speech
17 May, 2018, 05:20 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
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"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. After graduating from Howard, Boseman attended the British American Dramatic Academy at Oxford.
He said that the fact the students have struggled in the university means that they can use their education to improve the world they are going to enter.
"When you are deciding on next jobs, next steps, further education...you would rather find objective than a job", said Boseman.
Boseman described his earliest role as a young man who felt a pull toward gang violence with a heroin-addicted mother and a father who abandoned him when the character was young. It was in his television role that Boseman said he encountered a conflict between his professional ambitions, and personal values and beliefs.
ERIC THAYER / Reuters Boseman at Howard University on Saturday. "We'll be watching you", the executive said.
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Boseman did not specify what soap opera he was talking about. The role was later taken over by Michael B Jordan ― yes, the same one who later starred alongside Boseman in "Black Panther". "Howard had instilled in me a certain amount of pride, and, for my taste, this role didn't live up to those standards".
"The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your goal", Boseman said, CNN reported. "Sometimes you need to get knocked down before you can really figure out what your fight is", he said.
This year, students held protests over the financial aid scandal in which several employees misused student finances.
"Purpose is an essential element of you", he said. "It is the reason you are here on the planet at this particular time in history".
During the commencement, Howard University awarded Boseman with the university's highest honor, an honorary doctorate degree, Doctor of Humane Letters. "Howard's legacy is not wrapped up in the money you will make, but the challenges you choose to confront".
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