It’s been almost a month since Chadwick Boseman’s untimely and heartbreaking death and still, the tributes are continuing to roll in from reflections on his powerful legacy to his high school creating a memorial scholarship in his name.
Today, a gorgeous mural honoring him was unveiled at Downtown Disney in Disneyland. The mural, created by artist Nikkolas Smith, depicts Boseman doing the “Wakanda forever” pose with a young child in a hospital gown. Elegant and moving, it’s reflective of Boseman himself.
Said Smith in a statement on his Instagram post
“This one is special. My King Chad tribute is now on a wall on display at Downtown Disney. It is a full circle moment for me: my final two projects as a Disney Imagineer last summer were working on the Children’s Hospital project and the Avengers Campus. To millions of kids, T’Challa was a legend larger than life, and there was no one more worthy to fill those shoes than Chadwick Boseman. I’m so thankful to be able to honor Chadwick’s life and purpose in this way. I am grateful to the Disney family for being so supportive of my journey as an artist.”
The Instagram post includes multiple looks at the mural as well as a video of the moment of unveiling.
What a gorgeous, lasting way to honor Boseman’s memory and the impactful legacy he left behind. An entire generation of children of all colors will now grow up doing the Wakanda salute because of Boseman, never knowing a time in which it wasn’t normal for a Black person to be a hero, a king, and an Avenger.
It’s also fitting that, along with the Downtown Disney mural, Smith also indicated in an earlier post that he’d made the print available on his site, with portions of the proceeds going to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and St. Jude.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, it seems I have a few more tears to shed.