The world lost a hero on August 28, 2020 when actor Chadwick Boseman died after a nearly four-year battle with cancer. Boseman was well known for his role as King T’Challa, or the Black Panther in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Films.
In an interview with Stephen Colbert, Boseman once explained that the Wakanda Forever salute was inspired by Egyptian pharaohs and is a display of power as well as a potential fighting stance.
Now, artist and Imagineer Nikkolas Smith, has created a touching and beautiful tribute mural in Downtown Disney in Anaheim. The mural depicts Boseman dressed as Black Panther and giving salute to a child next to him. The child is wearing a Black panther mask and they both are looking at each other giving the Wakanda salute.
The mural is displayed with the inscription: “As a former Disney Imagineer, I had the honor of working on a major children’s hospital initiative and Avengers Campus as my final two assignments. Seeing Chadwick’s heart for people in-person, and later discovering his courageous battle with cancer, I was inspired to create this tribute to honor his life and legacy. To us, he was and will always be T’Challa. Long Live The King.”