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Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman spoke openly about his Christian faith

Chadwick Boseman, 2017 San Diego Comic Con International
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You may have heard of the recent passing of Hollywood star Chadwick Boseman, 43, from colon cancer. Though he starred in several movies, he is probably most famous for playing King T’Challa in the hit movie Black Panther.

What you may not know is that Boseman was a sincere believer who was very open about his faith in Christ even after becoming a star. In an interview with, he acknowledged praying that God would give him the role of the ‘Black Panther’ in the movie.

Faithwire tells us a bit more about Boseman’s faith:

The “Black Panther” star referenced his Christian faith when he honored [Denzel] Washington in 2019. Speaking during the AFI Life Achievement Award ceremony, Boseman quoted Ephesians 3:20, telling Washington, “May God bless you exceedingly and abundantly more for what’s in store than He ever has before.”

And in 2018, when he delivered the commencement address at his alma mater, Howard University, Boseman referenced several Bible passages, including Jeremiah 29:11.

He told the graduating class:

“Sometimes, you need to feel the pain and sting of defeat to activate the real passion and purpose God has predestined inside of you. God says in Jeremiah, ‘I know the plans I have for you. Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.’

READ: ‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Spoke Often About His Christian Faith

And Chadwick Boseman wasn’t the only Christian playing a key role in Black Panther, so was Letitia Wright, who played Shuri, the younger sister of King T’Challa. READ: Meet the ‘Black Panther’ Star who Gave up Everything for Christ, Only to Land the Biggest Role of her Career: Faith it

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