In his commencement speech at Howard University, Chadwick Boseman referenced his blockbuster movie "Black Panther" and ended the stirring address with the "Wakanda Forever" salute. Students then protested and campaigned for affordable tuition and campus housing.
Boseman, a Howard alumnus himself, gave a personal account of his struggles as a Howard student and how he was able to transform his challanging experiences into power.
Boseman told graduates he can relate as he, too, spoke up on what he thought were problems when he attended.
Also, as he called his alma mater a "magical place", he added that is "a place where the dynamics of positive and negative seem to exist in extremes".
'Black Panther' Star Chadwick Boseman Gives “Wakanda Forever” Salute At Howard Graduation
"You love the university enough to struggle with it", he said. "Students, in some ways, what you were able to do exemplifies some of the skills you learned in the classroom", he continued.
You can see Black Panther in Avengers: Infinity War, in theaters now. If I was in the military and I did this every day, I'm not gonna do it the same every time! "We were doing the scene in the throne room and Ryan [Coogler] came up to me. and was basically like, 'We need some way for the Dora Milaje, his guard, to sort of salute you, '" Boseman recalled. "Whatever you choose for a career path, remember the struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your goal". "Press on with pride and press on with objective".
In addition to Boseman, who received the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Howard's 2018 honorary degree recipients included Vivian W. Pinn, M.D., the first full-time director for research on women's health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH); Colbert I. King, Washington Post Pulitzer-Prize winning columnist; and Gwendolyn S. King, president of Podium Prose, and former corporate affairs vice president of PEPCO.
Quoting Black Panther, he said "Now, this your time".