Twitter has been buzzing with all sorts of tributes to the recently deceased Chadwick Boseman, loved by many young fans as the actor behind Black Panther.Indeed, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s only African hero by date, he was looked up to as both character and person in the African American communities.
And it is Kian Westbrook, 7, who is taking his emotional tribute to the late King of Wakanda up a notch, earning many appraisals and sympathies from social media users and corporate medias alike.
Kian is reported to have cried the minute he learned that Boseman was dead.
Although unfamiliar with the rest of the actor’s filmography, he expressly said in the media interview that it was a like-skinned character that earned his love and devotion to the superhero figure.
“He was a good role model to me and Black boys because he let me know Black boys can be heroes too,” Kian said in a media interview.
“When I found out he died, I felt very sad.
Kian held a small memorial all by himself for the actor, who died of later stage colon cancer at an untimely age of 43. Kian adorned the altar of his memorial in front of his home in Florissant, Missouri, with all of his Avengers action figures in attendance, paying their last respects to the fallen king.
Kian’s father shared a photo from that moment, with Kian doing a “Wakanda Forever” salute for Boseman. The tweet is now reaping more than 530,000 likes.
“It was beyond words.
It made me proud that he found a way to cope with losing his hero in a way that allowed him to understand closure.But he is still having a hard time,” King Westbrook, his father, said on the same interview. “I never knew it would touch as many people as it did.
If Kian’s beautiful memorial can bring a smile to people hurting from this terrible loss, that makes me proud as a father.”
“Simply put, we have a lot of great Black actors, and a lot of great Black men in America.
Chadwick Boseman was the best of both worlds,” Westbrook said.“There is absolutely nothing more important to me than my children, and I believe Kian is that much better that he got to see the kind and intelligent human being that Chadwick was.
A great Black man, a great American.”
“He taught me to fight back and to never give up. He taught the world to be nice and have a strong family.” Kian said. “The memorial made me sad because he’s not coming back and I miss him. But I’m happy because I got to do something nice for him.”
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