ANDERSON, SC (WSPA) – The city of Anderson will be hosting an event to honor the life of Chadwick Boseman Thursday evening.
The event, called “Honoring The Life of Anderson’s own Chadwick Boseman,” will be held at 7:00pm at the amphitheater at the Anderson Sports and Entertainment Complex.
The city of Anderson said there will be guest speakers, music, along with a special screening of the film “Black Panther.”
Officials said it will be a chance for the community to come together to mourn and honor his life.
“We knew we had to do something in our community to honor Chad’s death,” said Mayor Terence Roberts.
The death of the actor, sent shock-waves to his fans around the world, especially those in his hometown.
On camera, Boseman may have played roles as Jackie Robinson, King T’Challa, and James Brown, but his impact goes beyond the Hollywood lights.
“He was someone who was more than just an entertainer. He was an inspiration to so many people, particularly young people of all races. But particularly young African Americans who could see in Chadwick what a world of possibility looks like,” said Senator Darrell Jackson, District 21.
Boseman’s life has influenced people like Senator Jackson, who will introduce a resolution to the South Carolina Senate on Wednesday, to recognize the entertainer for his heroic contributions across the globe and in the State.
“What I would like to do is for his home state of South Carolina to recognize and honor him. I would then get that resolution framed and presented to his family,” Jackson said.
“It’s important to me as someone who understands the significance of history and someone who understands even more importantly the significance of positive role models. And Chadwick was that. He was such a phenomenal young man to really come up humble beginnings, and it did not change him. He remained grounded and focused even until the end. Thinking about others. Reaching out to children with cancer,” Jackson said.
“There aren’t too many black super heroes that young people could look up. And I know that Chadwick played one, but he was one to me,” he added.
While Boseman became a household name across the world, it’s his hometown of Anderson, where young black men said his life gives them hope for their own future.
“Knowing you’re going to this school, you have hope because he went and did something big with his life, so it makes me feel like I can too,” said Jamari Burris, Senior at T.L. Hanna.
Burris plays basketball at T.L. Hanna. It’s the same court Boseman played on before graduating in 1995. Now the same man has inspired Burris to be a change-agent too.
“People just need to realize and be more thoughtful for other people and realize you can do anything that you want to do. You can change the world and impact somebody else’s life the same way he did before he died,” Burris said. “Hopefully one day I can,” he added.
Even the Mayor Roberts has been touched by Boseman’s life.
“I was in utter disbelief because of his age. Just the whole idea of losing someone at such a young age,” said Mayor Roberts. “When people do well in our community, and he made an impact in our country, but he made an impact worldwide.”
That’s why the City will honor the life of it’s on native son on this Thursday in the special celebration.
Mayor Roberts hopes those in Anderson will continuously pay tribute to Boseman’s life for years to come.
“For us, it helps our young children, especially our young children of color realize a lot of things and they can dream big and certain things can happen,” Mayor Roberts said.
Mayor Roberts said they’re still finalizing details for Thursday’s event.