Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman has been remembered for his outspoken Christian faith after losing his fight with colon cancer.
Boseman, 43, died in September but the blockbuster actor was renowned throughout his career for speaking out about how his faith in Jesus was at the core of his life.
Fellow Marvel actor Chris Pratt said: “My prayers go out to Chadwick’s family and loved ones. The world will miss his tremendous talent. God rest his soul.”
One memory, which has been replayed numerous times across various forms of media, is Boseman’s inspiring message to Howard University graduates in 2018. He began his 34-minute inspirational talk by ‘first, giving honour to the creator’.
In the middle of the speech he shared the story of his rocky road to success and how he had to have faith in God during the difficult time. Boseman explained that he was chosen for a role on a soap opera, but it came with playing the role of a stereotypical black man whose father was absent and mum was on heroin.
After questioning producers on the character’s background, he was let go from the job.
He then quoted 1 Corinthians 3:6: “As the Scripture says, I planted the seed, and Apollos watered it. But God kept growing.
“Yet and still, when you invest in a seed, watching it grow without you, that is a bitter pill to swallow.
“Sometimes you need to feel the pain and sting of defeat to activate the real passion and purpose that God predestined inside of you.
“God says in Jeremiah, I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future graduating class. Hear me well on this day. When you hit this day when you have reached the hilltop and you are deciding on next jobs, next steps, careers, further education, you would rather find purpose than a job or career.
“Purpose crosses disciplines. Purpose is an essential element of you. It is the reason you are on the planet at this particular time in history. Your very existence is wrapped up in the things you are here to fulfil.
“Whatever you choose for a career path, remember the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose. When I dare to challenge the system that would relegate us to victims and stereotypes with no clear historical backgrounds, no hopes, talents, when I questioned that method of portrayal, a different path opened up for me.”
Boseman’s portrayal of Marvel superhero Black Panther was lauded as a landmark moment in the fight for broader representation in Hollywood.