You Are Appreciated
Born Alice Faye Williams, she later changed her name to Afeni. The name change came when she joined the Black Panthers, a revolutionary organization. Many may not know but the name Afeni means ‘Lover of the people’. Afeni, as an active member of the Black Panthers, the Panther 21 (NY21), faced many difficulties. A group of twenty one Black Panther members who were arrested and accused of planning to blow up New York department stores and police stations. Afeni was put on trial. Facing life behind bars. She chose to be her own legal representative. Using all her fight, against all odds, Afeni successfully won her freedom.
An inspiration to many people for her strong will and wisdom. Tupac dedicated one of his songs, Dear Mama, off the album ‘Me Against the World’. In this song Tupac would talk about the ups and downs of their relationship. Not only the ups and downs, but Tupac’s appreciation for Afeni. Praising his mother’s courage.
“Remember the words of my son, to keep your head up. Remember against all odds. Nobody can judge you, that’s God’s job. Remember the things 2Pac said. I just really ask people to really study his music. To listen to his music with an open heart and soothed mind, Peace” Afeni Shakur
Afeni Shakur would have been 72 years old today.