Afeni Shakur: Activist & Mother of Tupac Dies


CNN is reporting Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur has died.  Elliott C. McLaughlin reports:

“Though she is best known as Tupac Shakur’s mom, she was also a Black Panther as a young adult and an activist and philanthropist in her later years. Deputies responded to a call reporting ‘a possible cardiac arrest’ at her Sausalito home around 9:34 p.m. Monday, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said. Shakur Davis was taken to the hospital where she died at 10:28 p.m., the office said.”

Shakur-Davis, a former Black Panther and activist, later became a philanthropist after her son was killed in a 1996 shooting that is still unsolved. She founded Amaru Entertainment to keep Tupac’s music and memory alive, funding arts programs for children in Stone Mountain, GA. In addition to arts camps,  in 2009 Shakur-Davis founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection at the AUC Woodruff Library on the campus of Clark Atlanta University. Through a partnership with the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and Shakur-Davis, the collection which includes Shakur’s handwritten manuscripts, song lyrics, track listings, video and album treatments, short stories and poetry was created as a resource for understanding the life work of the late rapper. Other materials include manuscripts written by the members of the Outlawz, media and publicity materials, correspondence and legal documents.

In March 2016, Shakur filed for divorce from her husband Gust Davis, a preacher who was requesting alimony and half of her earnings from the late rapper’s estate. It has been reported the two did not have a prenuptial agreement.

Shakur-Davis was living on a houseboat in Sausalito, CA when she was found. She is survived by her daughter Sekyiwa Shakur and estranged husband. Shakur-Davis was 69.

Read more at CNN.

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