It’s not that often we hear or see much from Tupac’s sister, Sekyiwa Shakur. Sekyiwa has kept herself out of the spotlight for years, but on Thursday her strong roots were on full display.
One thing that Sekyiwa Shakur’s hasn’t shied away from is honoring the Shakur legacy. “I have to now stand up and be a part of what helps fix little girls like me,” she said.
“I’m a 40-something African-American woman in America. Gun violence is like my cousin,” Sekyiwa Shakur said. “I was raised by the biggest hearts that ever lived.”
It’s hard not to have Tupac in spirit at the event. According to Sekyiwa’ Tupac’s ‘Thug Life‘, represented the end to violence. Many in attendance wore Tupac Shakur T-shirts. “He didn’t live long enough to finish his conversation, and I know my brother cares still from above,” Shakur said. Sekyiwa Shakur would also recite one of her favorite Tupac poems.
“Sometimes when I’m alone I cry,
Cause I am on my own.
The tears I cry are bitter and warm.
They flow with life but take no form.”
Shakur understand the responsibility at hand, and would also like to stand up to fight for those who shares her struggles growing up, “I have to now stand up and be a part of what helps fix little girls like me,” said Tupac’s sister.
Joining the likes of Omar Gooding, Shakur will contribute to this weekends Poetry Slam Against Violence. Scheduled for October 26, the event is organized by P.O.S.S.E. Ossco Bolton, founder of the organization lost his sister, 42-year-old Larona Jones, last weekend to violence.
“That’s family, and it hurts to understand, to think that someones doing something positive with their life can be gunned down. My biggest thing is to let people know that even outside KC, that people think about us and care about us,” Bolton tells WDAF-TV.