Afeni Shakur, Mother Of Tupak, Bids The World A Sad Farewell At 69

“Remember to keep yourself alive, there is nothing more important than that.” – Afeni Shakur

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Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of the late and great Tupac, recently passed away late this past Monday evening on May 2nd, at the age of 69. Marin county firefighters and deputies found her unresponsive after two friends who were with her called the emergency responders to her house in Sausalito, California. She was taken to the hospital around 9:30 p.m. after it was believed that she had suffered from a heart attack.

She passed away in the Marin General Hospital at 10:30 p.m. after about an hour of doctors trying to treat her. While Afeni may be the mother to the famous Tupac, she has undergone her own fair share of trials and adventures throughout her life that all began before she gave birth to her superstar of a son. Afeni was born with the name Alice Faye Williams in Lumberton, North Carolina.

She fought through drug addiction and poverty throughout a majority of her young life. She changed her name to Afeni when she moved to New York City and shortly there after joined the movement group known as the Black Panthers, who were fighting for equal rights for African Americans. Afeni was arrested however in 1969 when she, along with several other Black Panther members, were charged with conspiracy to bomb various landmarks in multiple cities.

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Afeni represented herself, while being heavily pregnant with her son, in May of 1971. She was acquitted of all charges only a month before she gave birth. She has touched many people throughout her life, not to mention especially her son. Richard Fischbein, a New York lawyer who worked with her when her son was still young said about her, “She was a remarkable woman. In her youth she was a lion in the black movement. She was indefatigable.”

Tupac’s biological father, Billy Garland told the Daily News, “Her contributions to this world will always be remembered. We weren’t really active in each other’s lives, but the pain is magnified when it’s the mother of your child. She was also featured in one of Tupac’s songs in 1995 titled Dear Mama, which hailed his mother for her accomplishments over poverty and her drug habits.

He talks about how much his mother has influenced him during his upbringing and how her strength rubbed off on him in many ways. He also had to say that while he can never repay her for what she did, he will certainly always remember it. The two are now no doubt reunited in the afterlife as the world mourns the passing of a great woman.