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Woman on a Mission: Afeni Shakur to speak at IU Northwest

Long before the world ever heard the amazing poetry from a rapper who would be known as Ď2pací, his mother, Alice Faye Williams, dropped out of high school and moved from North Carolina to New York City with aspirations of becoming an actress. She raised her son as a single mother, often very poor and with an addiction to drugs; however, today sheís CEO of a record company, founder of a foundation in her late sonís name, and an outspoken advocate for todayís youth.

Afeni Shakur, former revolutionary and activist in the Black Panther movement, might first be known to the younger crowd as the mother of hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur. However, after her son was brutally murdered in September of 1996, she decided to complete the work that he could no longer achieve. Her vision has created an empire; as founder and CEO of Amaru Entertainment, Inc., a record and film production company, and creator of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, Inc., she is making sure that her sonís dream is alive, even if he canít be.

Afeni Shakur will talk about her life and her new biography on Thurs., Feb. 23 from 7-10 pm at Tamarack Hall Theatre, IU Northwest, Gary, Ind. Shakur has been described as an outspoken and eloquent advocate for todayís youth, who brings a message of hope to those battling against the odds. Her story of struggle encourages others and the victories of her life empower. Afeniís life story is now the subject of a biography written by actress Jasmine Guy, entitled, Afeni Shakur: Evolution of a Revolutionary. Come hear her amazing story and be inspired.

As part of the IU Northwest Diversity Programming Series, this event is co-sponsored by the Department of Minority Studies, Student Activities Board, and Black Student Union. For questions or more information regarding this event please contact Dr. Earl Jones, Department of Minority Studies, at 219-980-6704 or email




Media Contact:

Michelle Searer

Program Contact:

Earl Jones
Minority Studies

Photo provided courtesy of
Afeni Shakur
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