BLACK ✊ HISTORY SPOTLIGHT: REMEMBERING AFENI SHAKUR

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Many of the young hip hop fans may only remember Afeni Shakur as the mother of the outspoken and iconic rap legend Tupac Shakur.

But Afeni Shakur was an outspoken and iconic figure in her own right.

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In 1964 Shakur world get involved in the black empowerment movement and joined the Black Panther Party. In 1969 Shakur in several of her fellow-panthers were arrested and charged with conspiracy to bomb several police stations.

In 1970 Shakur was given bail and was released from jail, during her time on bail, she would meet and get pregnant by a New Jersey truck driver named William Garland. Soon afterwards she would have her bail revoked and would be returned to jail to await her trial.

In 1971 Shakur and fellow defendants went on trial, Shakur against the objections of her fellow defendants, chose to defend herself and was successful in defeating the prosecution’s case.

On June 16, 1971 Afeni would give birth to her son Tupac Amaru Shakur.

In the early 1980’s, Afeni would suffer through drug addiction and was unable to keep a job and often times would use the welfare checks for her kids to buy drugs to feed her addiction.

In the late 1980’s Afeni would move her and her family to Marin County to try to get a new and clean start.

In 1991 her son would release the album 2pacalypse Now, an album that would give him fame and stardom.

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After her son’s death, Afeni would become the caretaker of Tupac’s legacy.

Rest In Peace Afeni Shakur: Thug Life on 1st Time 2Pac Recited “Dear Mama”

REST IN PEACE AFENI

January 10, 1947 – May 2, 2016

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION USE LINKS BELOW :

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Afeni_Shakur

http://www.cnn.com/2016/05/03/entertainment/tupac-mother-afeni-shakur-davis-dead/

http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-3027700050.html

BLACK HISTORY SPOTLIGHT: ASSATA SHAKUR!

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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE

Assata Olugbala Shakur (born Joanne Deborah Byron) was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York, on the 16th of July 1947.

While attending the Borough of Manhattan Community College and later City College of New York, she would begin her political activism career, by getting involved in black student political activities, student sit-ins and various protests ( including anti-war protests).

After graduating from CCNY, she would join the Black Panther Party (BBP) and would eventually become a prominent member of the Harlem Branch of the BPP.

 

Eventually she would leave the Black Panther Party and would join the Black Liberation Army (BLA), which was an underground group created out of the backlash from the aggressive, racist,brutal and often times illegal practices from local Police and the FBI (Cointelpro), who infiltrated black political organizations and even took part in the assassinations of Black Panther Party leadership, including  Fred Hampton, the Deputy Chairman of the  Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party.

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In 1973 Assata Shakur was allegedly involved in a shootout with police at a New Jersey turnpike, in which she was accused of killing New Jersey State trooper Werner Foerster and assaulting trooper James Harper.

 

In a four year period, from 1973-1977, Shakur would be indicted on six crimes, which included murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery and kidnapping. The result would be three dismissals and three acquittals.

 

In 1977 she would be convicted of the murder of Foerster and seven other felonies related to the turnpike shootout.

In the 1970’s Shakur would be incarcerated in several prisons. She would escape prison in 1979, eventually fleeing to Cuba, where she would be given political asylum.

The FBI currently has Shakur listed as a domestic terrorist and she has a 2 million dollar reward for her capture.

To this day Assata still insists she is innocent of all charges.

 

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FOR EVEN MORE INFORMATION USE THIS LINK:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assata_Shakur#Early_life