Afeni Shakur, Activist And Mother of Tupac, Dies at 69

2016 has been a brutal, sad year thus far. Activist, poet and mother to Tupac, Afeni Shakur,  passed away on Monday evening. She is said to have suffered a cardiac arrest and was taken to a local hospital in California where she died, according to New York Daily News. She was 69 years old.

In the 1960’s, Shakur was a black rights activist who was heavily involved with the Black Panthers. As Daily News explains, she was arrested along with other party members in 1969 on conspiracy to bomb multiple busy city landmarks. Two years later she was acquitted of all charges and released. While in jail, she was pregnant with hip-hop legend to-be Tupac. He was born a month and three days after she was released from jail.

Tupac wrote a song dedicated to his mother titled “Dear Mama,” which was released in 1995.

“You always was a black queen, mama I finally understand
for a woman it ain’t easy tryin to raise a man
You always was committed
A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it
There’s no way I can pay you back
But the plan is to show you that I understand
You are appreciated” 

Tupac was killed in a shooting a year after this song’s release, in 1996. This song is a reminder to call your mom more. Calling her- or whoever you love and appreciate- and tell them they’re appreciated. It is much more effective than a text that reads “thanks for everything!”

Devoted fans of Shakur are taking to Twitter to mourn and reflect on her accomplishments, which is now a common custom in here in 2016.

 

Shakur has been upholding Tupac’s legacy since his death. She has overseen his estate and was an executive producer on All Eyez on Me, a film about Tupac’s life set to be released in November.