Afeni Shakur contributed more to her community than birthing her late son, Tupac Shakur, a prolific artist in hip-hop.

Her efforts with the Black Panther Party helped enlarge the party’s presence. The party’s National Alumni Association released a statement, obtained via VIBE on the passing of the activist and social justice leader.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of our sister Afeni Shakur. Afeni was a sister, mentor, comrade and leader within the New York chapter of the Black Panther Party. As the section leader of the Harlem branch, Afeni was the one who personally welcomed many of us into the party,” the statement reads.

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The statement goes on to exemplify her work and impact within the party.

“As the communications secretary, she was one of the highest-ranking members on the East Coast and her leadership was the reason many young women joined. Afeni had a deep and profound love for the community and a passion for the people that made her a dynamic organizer and dedicated activist.”

Shakur’s dedication to the party also touched other members. The statement continues by commending Shakur for her devotion and involvement.

“She embodied the spirit of what it meant to be a Black Panther, waking up at 5AM to cook for the free breakfast program, coordinating the day-to-day office duties and personally being in the field. Afeni’s organizing laid the seeds for a legacy we still bear witness to today.”

Shakur died May 2nd of cardiac arrest at the age of 69. 

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