Deanna Brown-Thomas, the daughter of late Godfather of Soul James Brown, will help honor late Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman at a memorial event in South Carolina on Thursday (Sept. 3). Brown-Thomas will speak at a tribute event in Anderson, South Carolina, where she is expected to thank Boseman for his iconic take on her father’s career in the 2014 Brown biopic Get On Up.
Boseman, who was born in Anderson, died Friday at his home in Los Angeles, surrounded by his wife and other family members, at the age of 43 after a four-year struggle with colon cancer. The final tweet from the Black Panther star’s account quickly became the most liked tweet of all-time.
Thursday’s event, “Honoring the Life of Anderson’s Own Chadwick Bosemsan,” at the Anderson Civic Center will also feature words from Mayor Terence Roberts, as well as a prayer service and a screening of Boseman’s legendary Marvel movie Black Panther.
Brown-Thomas, the president of the James Brown Family Foundation, joined the rest of her family in paying tribute to Boseman over the weekend in a statement. “On behalf of the family of Godfather of Soul, Mr. James Brown and the James Brown Family Foundation, we send our deepest condolences to our brother in spirit Chadwick Boseman’s family and fans… Deanna Brown-Thomas and Dr. Yamma Brown, President and Vice-President of the foundation states, ‘We are at a lost of words at the moment. Chadwick did our dad justice in the film and it was a joy to work with him during our New York, Atlanta and Augusta movie premiere of the film.”
The Brown foundation has also announced an annual scholarship to a deserving student to continue the actor’s legacy in arts and music education.
See details about the memorial event below.