Remembering Chadwick Boseman: Ibram X. Kendi on Legacy of "Black Panther" Star, Cancer & Anti-Racism
Aug 31 2020
Tributes continue to pour in for beloved actor Chadwick Boseman after his death at age 43 following a private four-year battle with colon cancer. Boseman is best known for his iconic role as King T'Challa in the groundbreaking "Black Panther" — the first mainstream Black superhero movie and a smash hit that earned more than $1 billion at the box office. He is also widely acclaimed for his portrayal of major historical figures such as Thurgood Marshall, James Brown and Jackie Robinson. Boseman's death has highlighted the higher rates of colon cancer among Black men and the links to systemic racism. "Cancer, like heart disease, there's all sorts of racial disparities, just as there are with COVID-19 deaths," says professor Ibram X. Kendi, cancer survivor and director of the Center for Antiracist Research at Boston University. "What is happening in our society that is causing so much Black death? Why is Black death so normal?"
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