According to Howard, Chadwick was one of the few people at the time to lead the charge to prevent the College of Fine Arts from being folded into the larger College of the Arts and Sciences … literally hit the ground with protests and other activists to preserve COFA. integrity.
It turns out that his efforts have worked… because not only has the College of Fine Arts been left alone as a stand-alone school, but it is now going to be put to the test in light of the name change.
Disney president Bob Iger leads a fundraiser that aims to help pay for a new state-of-the-art facility for the Chadwick Boseman College of Fine Arts – which will house an endowment in Chadwick’s honor, as well as many other useful resources for those looking to get started in entertainment and / or broadcasting… including serving as the HQ for Howard’s radio and television stations.
Chadwick was back to visit Howard several times over the years after graduating, and he even gave the keynote address in 2018.
His rich connections to campus explain exactly why his fellow graduates Ta-Nehisi Coates called the “perfect” college donation… which her family said CB would be “thrilled” with.
His widow, Simone Ledward-Boseman, also said: “Chad was a very proud Bison – Howard and Mrs. Rashad were essential in his career as an artist. The reestablishment of the College of Fine Arts sets this part of its history on a loop and ensures that its legacy will continue to inspire young storytellers for years to come. “
BTW – the former Chadwick School mentor, Phylicia Rashad, has been just called Dean of Fine Arts College Chadwick has helped save all those years. Cool story all around.