Esteemed superhero Black Panther embodies passion, loyalty, and a strong moral code. As the great African king of Wakanda, T'Challa is revered as a fierce and powerful leader.

Last week, the world received the news of  Chadwick Boseman's untimely passing. The gifted actor who portrayed Marvel's Black Panther was a hero both on and off screen, and was idolized worldwide.

This week, we asked three of our fellow Mezconians to tell us the inspiration behind their One:12 Collective Black Panther photo. Continue reading to hear from the perspective of Shariff, Marko, and Steve.

Name: Shariff H.

Location: New York

Inspiration behind photo: "I am deeply saddened by actor Chadwick Boseman’s untimely death. I felt that I had to pay tribute to Mr. Boseman as well as the character he portrayed, Black Panther. The photo shows T’Challa crossing over to the Ancestral Plane, a place we all will visit someday. I have always been inspired by Black Panther, not only as a comic book fan, but also as an African American. May the King Rest in Power."

Name: Marko T.

Location: Lisbon/Portugal

Inspiration behind photo: "To me, Chadwick Boseman represented qualities like integrity, courage, freedom, and that death is not the end. All this was my inspiration."

Name: Steve S.

Location: Lancaster, PA

Inspiration behind photo: "I created this scene after the release of the movie last year and was moved by the recent passing of Chadwick Boseman. I posted this photo recently in tribute to his memory."

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