It’s becoming clear just how big of an impact Chadwick Boseman and his alter-ego King T’Challa had on children.
Following the news of Chadwick’s death, heartbroken kids across the country began paying tribute to their favorite superhero by holding Black Panther and Avengers-themed memorials with their action figures.
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) August 30, 2020
— Halle Berry (@halleberry) August 29, 2020
My nephew wanted to give Black Panther a Funeral.😭 I’m not crying you are. pic.twitter.com/cdpPr2V6Yx
— ROYL (@98Royalty) August 29, 2020
— King Westbrook (@KingWestbrook7) August 29, 2020
The boy pictured in that photo, 7-year-old Kian Westbrook, talked to CNN about what Chadwick meant to him.
“He was a good role model to me and Black boys because he let me know Black boys can be heroes too… When I found out he died, I felt very sad. I was crying and couldn’t stop talking about him.”
Chadwick’s Black Panther co-star, Michael B. Jordan, just posted an emotional tribute to Chadwick on Instagram, saying “I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets.”
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I’ve been trying to find the words, but nothing comes close to how I feel. I’ve been reflecting on every moment, every conversation, every laugh, every disagreement, every hug…everything. I wish we had more time. One of the last times we spoke, you said we were forever linked , and now the truth of that means more to me than ever. Since nearly the beginning of my career, starting with All My Children when I was 16 years old you paved the way for me. You showed me how to be better, honor purpose, and create legacy. And whether you’ve known it or not…I’ve been watching, learning and constantly motivated by your greatness. I wish we had more time. Everything you’ve given the world … the legends and heroes that you’ve shown us we are … will live on forever. But the thing that hurts the most is that I now understand how much of a legend and hero YOU are. Through it all, you never lost sight of what you loved most. You cared about your family , your friends, your craft, your spirit. You cared about the kids, the community, our culture and humanity. You cared about me. You are my big brother, but I never fully got a chance to tell you, or to truly give you your flowers while you were here. I wish we had more time. I'm more aware now than ever that time is short with people we love and admire. I’m gonna miss your honesty, your generosity, your sense of humor, and incredible gifts. I’ll miss the gift of sharing space with you in scenes. I’m dedicating the rest of my days to live the way you did. With grace, courage, and no regrets. “Is this your king!?” Yes . he . is! Rest In Power Brother.
Chadwick died Friday after a 4-year battle with colon cancer, a battle the public knew nothing about. He was 43.