Chadwick Boseman’s powerful Howard University commencement speech (FULL) | USA TODAY

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Chadwick Boseman delivered a moving commencement speech at his alma mater, Howard University, in 2018.

The "Black Panther" star and Howard alum cracked jokes about "Wakanda University, shared memories of his own time on "The Hilltop," and challenged new grads to "rather find purpose than a job or career."

Boseman died of colon cancer at age 43.

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29 Comments on "Chadwick Boseman’s powerful Howard University commencement speech (FULL) | USA TODAY"

  1. Everytime I think I’m over my grief…I start crying again … Who is still in shock … heart is so heavy….. My mind not clear on this …..thank you for giving us your best
    You will be greatly missed CHADWICK.
    Rest….God Bless.❤️🙏🤗😊

    • Oh absolutely – I too am still processing & the grief comes in waves. Today, I will pay tribute to him & his legacy by teaching this speech to my students in English Lit 💓🙏🏻

      Take care of yourself – if you’re like me, you’re also pondering *why* exactly this has hit you so hard & drawing profound lessons for your own path x

  2. The biggest mistake in life is thinking we have time!

  3. While his life was degenerating, he put his own life aside and focused on the well-being of other people.
    While battling cancer

    He smiled through it all

    And Not Once Froze

    • constantine ntambo | September 2, 2020 at 3:15 PM | Reply

      Purposeful life…. in Africa we call it “UBUNTU” meaning: i am, because you’re

    • Srivatsav Yaddanapudi | September 4, 2020 at 9:40 AM | Reply

      I had to watch this for my AP Lang class and when my teacher brought up his name, I got emotional man, this comment was spot on

    • This is the speech of a man who definitely set his own challenges to go all the way to the top & I believe that if God hadn’t of chose him first, he would of made it all the way to The White House.

    • This man would of changed The Nation. Just watching how he projects his speech out effortlessly, is the makings of a man who would of made it all the way to the top, changing all the impurities of the world. When, we as a nation, realise & reconstruct our opinions, only then will be the recovery. As for this young man, he was born too early. The world isn’t ready yet, to reunite, to see us all as one nation, one colour, one blood. No, unfortunately this is the makings of mankind itself. Redemption can’t be bestowed onto people, only offered as a reconsideration. God chose this man for his beliefs and attributes, taking him straight to the top.

  4. This man was a master of life

  5. Champion


  6. Josiah Lutcher | August 31, 2020 at 11:43 PM | Reply

    Hits so much harder now, rest in peace king

  7. Thats Your Opinion | August 31, 2020 at 11:53 PM | Reply

    That was beautiful ! He’s not gone he’s ascended to God.

  8. Jamie Ihenacho | September 1, 2020 at 7:42 AM | Reply

    He’s amazing man R💔I💔P🕊

  9. Stephanie Hardy | September 1, 2020 at 9:52 AM | Reply

    Praise God for this man.

  10. He has been a blessing in my life 🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿 May his soul rest in peace. ✊🏿

  11. Heaven is
    The Love we touch
    Every time we pray,
    So those who have
    Returned To God
    Are never far away.

  12. A goddamn legend! Rest easy chadwick 💓

  13. joseth tulloch | September 1, 2020 at 8:03 PM | Reply

    In Jamaica we would describe him as a humble lion. So brave yet so unassuming.

  14. constantine ntambo | September 2, 2020 at 3:17 PM | Reply

    Purposeful life…. in Africa we call it “UBUNTU” meaning: i am because you’re

  15. He inspired us the black community that nothing is impossible, Rest in peace legend

  16. This speech will be the one that sets me right when I am feeling sorry for myself. This speech will wake me up every day for the life I have left!

  17. I had the honor of being on this platform, right behind him. Chadwick’s speech had me in tears that day. I have watched this video several times since 2018. Over and over ! There was no indication he was undergoing treatment for anything. Such a humble man. I was able to get a few photo ops with him. I will cherish them forever and this powerful speech!! Purpose !! Rest in perfect peace my fellow HU alumnae!!

  18. I’m on the inth time of watching this. And I am finally gonna pose this question;Who is the disinterested white guy in the background yawning and rolling his eyes. I so hope that he is not an educator, administrator or in any other role related to the well-being of the students. His body language and non-verbal cues speaks volumes.

  19. He had astounding charisma

  20. He stood there so graciously. When he recognized the professors and alumni some of which have departed this earth, he held it together perhaps knowing that he might be memorialized and remembered in this way. He stepped outside of his struggle to uplift and encourage. Look into his eyes and his non-verbal cues. He knew and so selflessly he encouraged. When he announced the names of those before him ………………………..

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