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By: Victor “Doc V” Trammell
On this day in 1996, a murderer’s bullets ended the life of rap’s most prolific figure. Tupac Amaru Shakur was born June 16, 1971 in New York. His mother, Afeni Shakur, was a known member of the Black Panther Party. The Black Panther Party was a nationalist movement that radically fought against the oppressive societal norms unleashed against African-Americans during the era of Jim Crow. His biological father, Billy Garland was also a member of the Black Panther Party.
His pedigree consisted of various struggles, which were unbeknown to the rappers of his era. His mother was his primary guardian in his younger years and throughout his life. Though he was born into a precarious domestic situation, his mother Afeni had a vision for him to be involved in the environment of the fine arts. At the age of 12, Tupac was enrolled in the 127th Repertory Ensemble of Harlem. He went on to portray the character Travis Younger in the play A Raisin in the Sun.