The world is still collectively grieving the untimely death of actor Chadwick Boseman, who passed away over the weekend after an undisclosed four-year battle with colon cancer.
In the days since his death, fans and peers alike have paid homage to the 43-year-old Black Panther star’s portrayals of iconic Black history figures such as Jackie Robinson, James Brown and Thurgood Marshall—and for embodying a similarly inspirational figure himself offscreen.
In a Marvel-made tribute video, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler noted the many qualities Chadwick Boseman shared with the character he portrayed in the blockbuster film. Those qualities are on full display in the many videos that have resurfaced on social media, featuring Boseman speaking at events and in interviews. Here are some of the most striking speeches the deeply missed performer uttered in public over the last few years, reminding us that while T’Challa was a fictional hero, the man behind the mask was a real life hero to many.