Welcome back for Day 20 of Black Girl History Month. Today I am shining the spotlight on Afeni Shakur. Afeni Shakur is most known as the mother of the infamous rapper Tupac Shakur, but there is more she should be recognized for.
Shakur was born Alicia Faye Williams. At the age of 21 she changed her name to Afeni Shakur (Afeni which means “lover of people” and Shakur means “thankful). She was the Harlem section leader for the Black Panthers and was a mentor to some popular Black Panther figures. She was arrested in 1968 for conspiracy. It was believed she and the Black Panther Party were conspiring to carry out bombings all across New York. Shakur represented herself in court, while pregnant with the Hip Hop legend Tupac, and was acquitted of all charges. Shakur passed away May 2, 2016.
Let’s celebrate this amazingly powerful woman!