'Black Panther' Chadwick Boseman inspires students at alma mater Howard University

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: May 15, 2018, 01:45 PM IST

Chadwick Boseman at Howard University. Photograph:(Twitter)

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman charged the Howard University students as he gave an inspiring graduation speech on Saturday. His last words ended with the iconic  "Wakanda Forever" salute as he posed with hands crossed towards elbows in front of his chest, a true Marvel Black Panther style. 

The actor said “Howard Forever” as he spoke to a cheering audience at his alma mater. Around 40 students including Boseman graduated in the year 2000 from the historically black university in Washington, DC. 

As part of his speech Saturday, Boseman urged students to pursue life with passion and to fight for justice and equality. The university came in notice this year as students protested a financial aid scandal and campaigned for more affordable tuition and campus housing.

Boseman told students that he, too, fought what he thought were problems at the university when he attended. He called Howard a "magical place ... where the dynamics of positive and negative seem to exist in extremes." 

He said, “You love the university enough to struggle with it. Now you have to continue to do that ... Everything that you fought for was not for yourself. It was for those who come after. The struggles along the way are only meant to shape you for your purpose.”