Howard University students paid tribute Saturday to the life and legacy of late actor and Howard alumnus Chadwick Boseman with a moment of silence at a rally in Northwest that began at Banneker Recreation Center and ended at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The tribute, which took place prior to the “HBCU March of the Generations,” was aimed at keeping up the momentum of the 57th anniversary of the 1962 March of Washington, for which participants championed Pell Grant increases for low-income students and efforts to include African American studies in public school curriculums across the country.
“We’re paying homage to those who have sacrificed their lives and been put on the front lines, and making sure we can continue that fight and continue to make that good trouble,” Aniyah Vines, lead organizer of the HBCU march, told WTOP.
Vines, a junior political science and criminology major, added that participants also stood in solidarity with the many civil rights icons that came before them.
Boseman died Friday at age 43 following a four-year battle with colon cancer, a disease that health care experts say cases are on the rise for patients under the age of 50.