August 28, 2020, New York, New York: It is with tremendous sadness that the Jackie Robinson Foundation mourns the loss of actor, screenwriter and philanthropist, Chadwick Boseman. Star of the global phenomenon “Black Panther,” Chadwick shared his passion for the arts with audiences across the world.
Having channeled the depth and diversity of our beloved Jackie Robinson in the 2013 critically acclaimed Legendary Entertainment film “42,” Chadwick was a dear friend of the Foundation – lending his time and visibility to help advance our mission.
Preparing for his starring role in “42”, he studied extensively and spent considerable time with Rachel Robinson. A consummate professional, he absorbed every story, every memory and every photo and film excerpt he could consume to help translate the soul of an American hero. And now, Chadwick will be etched in history as a hero in his own right, especially having shown millions of Black and Brown children the power of a superhero who looks like them.
Chadwick—may you rest in peace eternally. Take your place among the greats.
You earned it.