Chadwick Boseman, star of the hugely successful film Black Panther encouraged Howard University graduates on Saturday to find meaning in their lives – a message familiar to any present and future entrepreneur.  "Purpose is an essential element of yours – it's why you're on the planet at this point in history," Boseman said in his inaugural speech. "Whatever you choose for a career path, remember that the struggles along the way only serve to shape you for your purpose."
Boseman applauded the graduating class for their protests on campus this year. In March, students staged a sit-in in the administration building when a fraudulent scandal involving the misuse of funds was exposed. As a result, six faculty members were fired and the university approved several demands, including reviewing campus housing policies and forming a task force against sexual assault and harassment.
Boseman graduating from the historic black university In 2000, he remembered his days of student activism and told the crowd that their experience driving change on campus will help them to face up to adversity prepare to be confronted with in their careers.
"Many of you will leave Howard and enter systems and institutions that have a history of discrimination and marginalization," Boseman said in his speech. "The fact that you have fought with this university you loved is a sign that you can use your education to improve the world in which you enter."
Boseman told his message at an earlier date of his career role as a gang member in a soap opera. He said he felt "contradictory" about the part that was "packaged in assumptions about us as Black Folk," but he accepted it anyway. He was praised for his portrayal of the character, but said he was fired when he questioned the way the part was written.
"What are you doing when the principles that have been instilled in you? Door?" Boseman asked in his speech. "Sometimes you have to be crushed before you realize what you really are fighting for."
While Boseman addressed a class of young graduates, his sentiment may focus on aspiring or established entrepreneurs: if you do not have a purpose for what you do, it will be difficult to find the passion to get through the daily challenges get.
The actor ended his speech by crossing his arms over his chest in an X-formation and shouting "Howard forever" ̵
" Keep pushing proudly and keep pushing on purpose, "Boseman said. "God bless you, I love you, Howard, Howard forever."