Chadwick Boseman’s widow, Taylor, was brought to tears as she accepted the Gotham Award in his honor.
2020 was a rough year for everyone, and from every corner, bad news was thrown our way.
One of the biggest tragedies of the year was the sudden passing of Chadwick Boseman. Chadwick died from colon cancer over the summer, with virtually no one even knowing he was ill throughout most of his career. He battled the illness in private as the world fell in love with his magic and talent. Boseman was more than just an actor–as he portrayed Marvel’s Black Panther, he became a hero for kids all around the world. He was a very private person with extraordinary character and a legacy forever cemented.
This week, his wife Taylor Simone Boseman made her first public appearance since his passing to accept his Gotham Award and deliver a touching acceptance speech.
“He is the most honest person I’d ever met,” she said. “He actively searched for it, in himself, those around him and the moment. The truth can be a very easy thing for the self to avoid. But if one does not live in truth, then it’s impossible to live life.”
Chadwick won an award for his role in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, which served as his final movie appearance where he portrayed jazz musician Levee Green. You can watch Taylor’s emotional speech in full below.