"Black Panther" actor Chadwick Boseman at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con.

"Black Panther" actor Chadwick Boseman at the 2017 San Diego Comic Con.

Movie buffs and comics fans have fallen for “Black Panther,” and filmgoers in the D.C. area are no exception. Since opening in mid-February, the breakout hit has smashed box office records around the country. But the movie has special local roots: it stars Howard University alum Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the king of fictional African country Wakanda and the titular superhero. “Black Panther” has also sparked new conversation among Washingtonians about the African diaspora. We speak with a Cameroonian American who connects local African Americans with their roots, as well as Boseman’s former theater professor.


  • Vera Katz Professor Emerita, Department of Theatre Arts, Howard University
  • Ada Anagho Brown President, Roots To Glory Tours; @rootstoglory

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