Dear Mama, #AfeniShakur, thankh you #RIP
January 10, 1947 #GOATβMay 3, 2016
A former #BlackPanther activist and reformed drug addict, #Afeni #Shakur is best known as the mother of #Tupac Shakur #2PAC, a successful rap artist whose murder in 1996 elevated him to icon status. Since the death of her son, Afeni Shakur has transformed his legacy into a multimillion dollar industry by issuing her son's catalog of unreleased material. She used the proceeds from the sale of these recordings and associated merchandise to establish a charitable foundation that promotes #arts #education.
Afeni Shakur was born Alice Faye Williams on January 10, 1947, in Lumberton, North Carolina, a prominent station in the timber industry along the Lumber River. The daughter of Rosa Belle, a homemaker, and Walter Williams, Jr., a trucker, Shakur and her sister, Gloria Jean, had a troubled childhood. "My momma left my dad because he was kickin' her ass," Shakur said in a 1997 interview in People magazine. In 1958 Shakur, her mother, and sister moved to New York City, where Shakur attended the Bronx High School of Science. A troubled child, Shakur reported later that she began using cocaine when she was about fifteen years old, and she struggled with drug addiction for most of her life.
Shakur joined the emerging Black Panther movement in 1964, after meeting an associate of #MalcolmX who was recruiting among youth in the Bronx. Shakur told biographer Jasmine Guy, the Black Panthers "took my rage and channeled it. They educated my mind and gave me direction." Shakur began writing articles for the party's newsletter, the Panther Post, and was largely successful in crafting a misdirection campaign that led #FBI agents to believe that the Panther Party was fading. In 1968 Shakur moved in with fellow Panther #Lumumba Abdul Shakur and changed her name to Afeni Shakur.
Shakur and twenty fellow-Panthers were arrested on April 2, 1969, and charged with several counts of conspiracy to bomb police stations, department stores, and other public places in New York City. Shakur was released on bail in the fall of 1970 and became pregnant by New Jersey truck driver William Garland. Shortly thereafter,