Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) have joined the world in tribute to American rapper Tupac’s demised mother Afeni Shakur Davis, who passed away after a cardiac arrest on Monday.
The woman who gave birth to prominent rapper Tupac Shakur, was transported to a local hospital after police responded to an emergency call at her home in California.
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Before her death, Afeni Shakur was a businesswoman, philanthropist as well as a political activist.
The EFF eulogized Shakur in a statement released on Tuesday, saying:
“We pay tribute to her as a member of the Black Panther Party that fought for the economic dignity of black people and taught blacks to defend themselves against normalized anti-black police brutality that continues to characterize the USA police force.”
The EFF emphasized that “Shakur is one of the Black Panther Party members who stood trial in the infamous Panther 21 in 1970.”
The trial saw 21 black men and women of 150 charged of conspiring against the United States government and New York landmarks.
Shakur who was originally known as Alice Faye Williams moved to New York city and joined the Black Panther movement.
In 1969, she was arrested along with 20 other party members on the charges of conspiracy to bomb a number of New York city landmarks. She was cleared on all charges in May 1971.
“To remember Afeni Shakur is to pay respect to what the Black Panther Party stood for; black pride, black power and the demand for economic freedom”, the EFF statement said.
The party also thanked Shakur for her talented son Tupac Shakur, who used his rather short life to impact on the lives of many.
May the gentle soul of Afeni Shakur rest in perfect peace.