Chadwick Boseman’s Wife Gotham Prize Speech

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“May we not let his condemnation be in vain.”

Legendary actor Chadwick Boseman’s latest performance in Ma Rainey’s black background has garnered numerous accolades and last night he was posthumously honored at the Gotham Awards with the Actor Tribute award.

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Boseman’s wife Taylor Simone Ledward accepted the award on his behalf and delivered a moving speech about his defining characteristics as a person and actor.

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“As an artist, actor, and person, Chad got into the habit of telling the truth,” she said. “She is the most honest person I have ever met. “

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“Because he didn’t just tell the truth, he actively sought it out – in himself, in those around him and in the present moment. The truth can be a very easy thing for oneself to avoid, but if it is not to live in the truth, then it is impossible to live according to a divine purpose for your life. ”

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“And so, it became the way he lived his life, day in and day out. Imperfect, but determined. “

Ledward also said that Boseman’s profession had helped him ” [develop] his understanding of what it meant to be the one, the nothing and the all. He realized that when one is able to recognize that their strength does not come from themselves, they rarely go wrong. ”

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“That’s what he did when he played. Not just telling a story or reading lines on a page, but shaping a path of true fulfillment for us. “

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“May we not let his conviction be in vain. May our minds be fertile ground for the wisdom of the gods to fall upon. “

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After thanking God for “giving these gifts to Chad and giving it the strength to bear its weight,” Ledward addressed herself to her late husband: “Chad, thank you. I love you. I’m so proud of you. Continue to shed light on us. . ”

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Ledward’s speech was a moving tribute to a great actor whose power is still absorbed by his rich body of work.

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