Afeni Shakur mothered our Legend, Tupac Shakur. Last 2nd of May she transcended due to a heart attack at the age of 69. Afeni was not just Tupac’s mother she was a social activist for the Black Community & Record Company Executive. She is the one who is responsible for the immortality of Tupac.
Afeni Shakur was born Alice Faye Williams the 10th of January 1947 in Lumberton, North Carolina. She moved to New York in 1958 with her mother and sister where she attended Bronx High School of Science. At the age of 17 she joined the prominent Black Panther Party as a writer for the Panther Post. Bobby Seale & Huey P. Newton founded the Black Panther Party in 1966 as protection for melanin-rich neighbourhoods from police hard-heartedness.
In 1968 she moved in with fellow Black Panther member Lumumba Abdul Shakur and changed her name into Afeni Shakur, which means “dear love” or “love of the people”. Later on in 1970 she was expecting William Garland’s son, Tupac Amaru Shakur, which is a derivation from the Inca words for “shining serpent”. Snakes represent fertility or a creative life force. As snakes shed their skin through sloughing, they are symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing.
Even though Afeni left the Black Panter Party, she always kept the Panther Spirit, which was to elevate & educate. She was supportive of the way Tupac expressed his emotions and addressed obstacles the family had to face, in his works. Hence this freedom he gained a certain knowledge, which led him to be the icon he is today. Till her last days she was instilling hope in youngsters. Her advice to the young people is to grab and protect freedom, with responsibility. Create sustainable lifestyles, invest in land and aspire to be more than a rapper or a baller because our community needs strong knowledgeable individuals in all fields.
When she is not giving lectures and organizing events, Afeni could be found at her organic farm working, fishing or meditating. She bought this land in her hometown Lumberton, because all the women in her family grew up there. One thing she was extremely happy about is the fact that Tupac left her, his friends and his people. She was relieved that if she ever would be stranded, people would help her because she was Tupac’s mom. Anywhere in the world she could find at least one person who could help her and watch out for her. And that was the legacy he left his mother.
“But the plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated.”
-Her favorite song-