Boseman lauded Lee for his creation of one of the first black comic book characters in the midst of the civil rights movement.
"You have to think about it's beyond civil rights. It's black empowerment. We as African Americans, we're not just victims. We're not just the colonized. We're not just slaves. We were kings and queens. We're advanced in an advanced scientific nation ... we had abilities beyond what other people knew," Boseman said.
Director and comic book-lover Kevin Smith emceed the event.
"Stan Lee is a deep part of my DNA and genetics and it's an honor to be here," Smith said. "He didn't teach me to read, but he taught me to enjoy reading. He didn't teach me to dream, but he gave me so many things to dream about."
Less than two weeks after the death of Joan Lee, Lee said he wished his wife could have been there to witness the moment.
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