On Monday, the world lost a member of the Black Panthers, an activist, and the mother of one of hip-hop’s greatest son’s, Tupac Amaru Shakur. Afeni was born January of 1947 in Lumberton, North Carolina. Originally her birth name was Alice Faye Williams. She changed her name when she moved to New York City and became a part of the Black Panthers Party. Her revolutionary mindset would he be passed on to her son Tupac. Afeni not only changed her name but her son’s name as well. Tupac was given the name Lesane Parish Crooks when he was first born.
In 1969, Afeni and other Black Panther members were arrested and charged with conspiracy of bombing city landmarks. In May 1971, she was acquitted of all charges after representing herself in court. A month later she gave birth to Tupac on June 16, 1971.Afeni has done everything to keep her son’s legacy alive and well. After his death in 1996, she took over his estate that earns around $900,000 a year.
Shakur suffered a possible heart attack Monday night. She was taken to a hospital where she died just before 10:30 p.m. Sources say that Afeni was in the company of a dear friend when she began to feel physical discomfort. Marin County Sherriff’s Lt Doug Pittman stated that no evidence indicates foul play.
“Attempts were made to try to remedy those problems at home, but when they got more severe, it was that time the family friend called 911,” Pittman says.
Paramedics arrived and began CPR around 9:30 p.m. She was rushed to Marin General Hospital where she was treated for an hour before passing. Before her death, Afeni was able to executive produce the biopic about her legendary son’s life titled All Eyez on Me, which is set to be released in November. Danai Gurira will play Afeni in the film. The world is mourning the loss of a woman who has contributed to society and the world of hip-hop. As she reunites with her son in eternity, we remember her legacy. Rest on Afeni. We love. We miss you. You are appreciated. Check out the Shakur family statement below.