GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp
Cosmonauts | Day 11 | Afeni Shakur
GirlTrek's Black History Bootcamp
Cosmonauts | Day 11 | Afeni Shakur
Mar 16, 2021
Morgan Dixon + Vanessa Garrison

Dear Mamas. Dear Black mothers. Dear Black women who are raising Black children in this hostile world. You are appreciated. You are on the frontlines doing the most critical work, raising up an army of Black boys and girls whose heads will not be bowed, whose names command respect, whose legacy will be one of resistance and joy. Thank you.

Today we tell the story of Afeni Shakur. Known to the world as the mother of the late great Tupac Shakur. She was a revolutionary doing revolutionary work long before she blessed the world with the birth of one of our great kings. Afeni’s story is one that deserves to be celebrated. The story of Black women who stay ten toes down for the cause, who love hard, who fight smart, who fall but get back up, adjust their crowns and keep moving towards their destiny. Let’s go beyond the headlines to learn something today about faith, about second chances, about what was lost in the struggle, and what was gained.

“I want to reach people who have big problems. People that look like they won’t get through. I want to talk about how you get through garbage… just putting one foot in front of the other. I want to talk about how you can survive without destroying yourself in the process and that when you do survive there is something left. Some spirit left for the next day.”  - Afeni Shakur

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Dear Mama | Tupac:

White Man'z World | Tupac: