An hour ago, Barack Obama shared this post:

Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years.

“Chadwick came to the White House to work with kids when he was playing Jackie Robinson. You could tell right away that he was blessed. To be young, gifted, and Black; to use that power to give them heroes to look up to; to do it all while in pain – what a use of his years.” – Barack Obama

“To do it all while in pain.” That’s the part that gets me the most. That he knew his life might be cut short (or that it might be just long enough) and decided that this is how he would live it. That he would use his talents to depict heroes and fight battles on camera, while few people knew that he was fighting an even bigger battle off camera.

To do it all while in pain, Chadwick was a man living a life with purpose. He knew that he was called to temporarily occupy this time and place in history for a purpose. He did not strike many of us as a man whose time would be ending soon, although he probably knew this is the way his story might end while undergoing his treatments between filming.

To do it all while in pain, his graduation speeches, public appearances, and interviews – they should all be given another look under this new lens that few people had. There may be more that he left for us to see beyond his ground-breaking accomplishments on the silver screen.