Thank you Chadwick Boseman
My favourite superhero is Batman by DC comics.
And someone encouraged me to watch the Marvel films. So I did and was hooked on them. I watched them in viewing order from Captain America to Avengers Endgame.
In 2018 Marvel introduced a superhero film that made a difference and the film was Black Panther.
After the death of his father, T,Challa returns home to the African nation of Wakanda to take his rightful place as king.
Black Panther made a difference because it demonstrates the importance of Africa and the movement of beautiful black art. It was the only black superhero. Children see themselves in the characters.
Globally, Black Panther has grossed over a billion dollars and ranks as the no .10 top-grossing title of all time.
I share about Black Panther because news broke of the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman. He died of cancer aged 43. Chadwick played the Black Panther.
Chadwick Boseman was raised a Christian and was baptised. He was part of a church choir and youth group. He kept his faith and even prayed to be the Black Panther.
Chadwick was an inspiration. He left us with three important things.
1 - his talent
He showed his talent
Ephesians 2:10 says ‘for we are God’s handiwork, created, in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.'
God has given us all a talent and we should use. Chadwick sure did.
2 - his youth
Chadwick played Black Panther aged 40 and he died young.
God to Jeremiah...
'Do not say, "I am too young." You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you, ' declares the Lord.
Don’t let anyone put you down because of age
Black Panther reminds us that elders contribute wisdom and stability; that young people provide innovation and perspective. And as a church and society, we need to hold tightly to both.
3 - Blessed to be black
Chadwick died on 28th August. The same date of Martin Luther King ‘I Have a Dream Speech’ on its 57th Anniversary.
57 years later we rejoice in that Chadwick had a dream made a difference. I pray more people like Chadwick will make a difference
Chadwick demonstrated that Black Lives Do Matter.
Thank you, Chadwick Boseman. An inspiration to all young black men and women and provided them with a true superhero to look up to.