On Friday, August 28, the world learned of Chadwick Boseman’s passing and his four-year battle with colon cancer. As our community is still in mourning, it’s been hard to put into words the impact this man encapsulated in his 43 short years on earth.
Although the words escape many of us as we try to describe this tremendous loss, writer Latrese Thomas was able to put pen to paper and beautifully express our thoughts as a collective. At the same time, celebrating Boseman’s legacy and remembering his lasting footprint as our brother, an icon, and real-life superhero. That is why it was important for us to share her loving tribute to the Boseman family with our BlackLove.com audience.
To The Boseman Family
You haven’t the slightest idea who I am yet I feel such a strong connection to you in this moment. Maybe it’s the empath in me or the fact that we are both black wives. Whatever the connection I needed to write to you, I pray somehow this finds you.
Over the last 48 hrs., I’ve really been trying to process the passing of your husband, Chadwick, Black Panther as many of us affectionately referred to him. (Even speaking in past tense seems unreal). We obviously, at first, think of how his death impacts us, our children, our culture. He is an icon!
After I paused and processed that for a minute, I immediately began to proceed into a feeling of how YOU must be feeling. I can’t even pretend that I understand what the last 4 years have been like for you. Bittersweet doesn’t seem like it’s comprehensive enough to describe it. You watched the man you love reach a level of success on HIS terms, not compromising his morals or beliefs; exactly as he had prayed for. At the same time, unbeknownst to the world, he was also fighting the physical battle of his life with colon cancer. The strength the two of you embody, TOGETHER, exemplifies Black Love.
BlackLove.com Related Articles:
How to Protect Your Peace in the Midst of Kobe Bryant Grief
These Are the Best Things You Can Do When You’re Hurting and Healing at the Same Time
How to Cope With the Emotional Effects During These Traumatic Times
I imagine that moving forward looks completely different for us than it does for you. Certain movies may remind you of a time when he had just completed treatment or had just recovered from a surgery. Times when he felt sick at home or in his hotel room confiding only in you & your family but honoring us in the most amazing way with the very best of him at his most challenging time of his life.
I apologize for a culture that was quick to judge and joke when they saw his weight begin to fluctuate. It is hard for me not to COME FOR SOMEONE’S SOUL when they mess with my husband, kids or parents so the Queen-like reserve you kept to protect the privacy of his battle, of your battle, is to be admired.
The next days, weeks, months and years will all be new. Your time with him was way too short to our Earthly standards but for some reason, deep inside of me, I know that the two of you loved each other so much and so fully in those years; more than many will in a lifetime.