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Chadwick Boseman To Be Honored At SWAC/MEAC Challenge

BIG DRIP /  Sports   /   Jul 3rd, 2022   /   0 COMMENTS

The MEAC/SWAC Challenge is slated to take place August 27th in Atlanta. The game will feature the Howard Bison who represent the (MEAC) and the Alabama State Hornets who represent the (SWAC). The game will now honor Chadwick Boseman posthumously, as the Black Panther actor lost his battle with colon cancer in August 2020. It’s a surprise move to honor the Howard alumnus as it originally wasn’t slated to happen. 

 

In a press conference to kickoff the game’s festivities, John Grant the executive director of the SWAC/MEAC Challenge spoke about the game and the history behind it. 

 

“Howard University and Alabama State are both steeped in history with their alumni and this year is significant for us. A lot of circumstances occurred over the last three years that we didn’t know because we put this together not knowing that in 2020, Chadwick Boseman would pass away, not knowing that Marvel would also film Black Panther II in Atlanta, and also not knowing that the release of the film would also happen this year, on November the 11th.”

 

Boseman, a Howard graduate, used that to help launch his career in film, starred in other films but none bigger than Black Panther, where he played, main character T’Challa. 

 

Boseman gave the commencement speech at his alma mater in 2018, he tragically passed away at the young age of 43 in 2020. 

 

Boseman’s Name Is Forever Attached To Howard: 

 

In May of 2021, Howard University honored Boseman with naming it’s College of Fine Arts after the actor. The announcement came right after it named alumnus Phylicia Rashad of (Cosby Show) fame, the Dean of Fine Arts. Boseman was an active student attending the famous HBCU school from 1997-2000, he helped stop the plan to combine the Fine Arts and College of Arts and Science. 

 

At the time of the school’s announcement, here’s what school president Wayne A. I. Frederick had to say via press release.

 

“When Chadwick Boseman returned to campus in 2018 to serve as our commencement speaker, he called Howard a magical place. During his visit, I announced our plans to reestablish the College of Fine Arts and he was filled with ideas and plans to

support the effort in a powerful way. Chadwick’s love for Howard University was sincere, and although he did not live to see those plans throughl to fruition, it is my honor to ensure his legacy lives on through the Chadwick A. Boseman College of Fine Arts with the support of his wife and the Chadwick Boseman Foundation.”

 

Both Football Programs Looking For Return To Glory:

 

Both Howard and Alabama State haven’t had much to cheer about fas it pertains to it’s football programs for quite some time. The Bison are coming off a (3-8) in it’s first full season under head coach Larry Scott. While, Scott arrived in 2020, that season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott is hoping to return the Bison to glory days of yesteryear when Steve Wilson manned the sidelines and quarterback Jay “Sky” Walker lit up scoreboards with passes to Gary “The Flea” Harrell. 

 

The Hornets are embarking on a new journey under first-year head coach Eddie Robinson. No he’s not kin to the legendary and iconic former Grambling State head coach Eddie Robinson Sr. But Robinson is a former Hornets player, who won SWAC DPOY in 1991, and enjoyed a successful 11-year NFL career. He’s looking to build on a 5-6 season in 2021, and compete for a SWAC championship. 

 

 



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