The world is shocked and saddened by today’s news that multi-talented, award winning actor, Chadwick Aaron Boseman, has passed away prematurely at the age of 43.

The man who portrayed iconic black figures James Brown in “Get On Up”, Jackie Robinson in “42”, and Thurgood Marshall, passed away from colon cancer on Friday, August 28. Perhaps best known for his leading role as T’Challa in the Academy Award winning, “Black Panther“, the North Carolina native portrayed the first-ever, African protagonist in a superhero movie.

News of Mr. Boseman’s death elicited shock and grief among many prominent figures in the arts and civic lifeMartin Luther King III, a human rights activist and the eldest son of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., said that Mr. Boseman had “brought history to life on the silver screen” in his portrayals of Black leaders.

Oprah Winfrey wrote on Twitter that Mr. Boseman was “a gentle gifted SOUL.” “Showing us all that Greatness in between surgeries and chemo,” she wrote. “The courage, the strength, the Power it takes to do that. This is what Dignity looks like.”

For more information about colon cancer, the second leading cause of cancer in the United States for men and women, we encourage you to visit https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/colon-cancer/symptoms-causes/syc-20353669

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