We live in a world that’s become increasingly chaotic over the past few years. In the US we have a reality tv star turned President. The KKK is back in full effect. Wages are stagnant, the cost of living is steadily increasing, and a revolution is brewing just below the surface. Times like this force us to take a look back at the challenges and accomplishments of the ones who came before.
There’s been so much going on in the past couple weeks that we were conflicted on what to write. This story, though decades old, is about a peripheral figure that should have been the main focus.
Afeni Shakur, born Alice Faye Williams, was a giant. She was a section leader in the Harlem Chapter of The Black Panther Party. In 1969 Shakur was arrested and brought up on conspiracy charges. Afeni was facing 300 years in prison. She served as her own attorney while pregnant. After an eight month trial, in 1971 she was acquitted and a month later gave birth to one of the most influential rappers of the 20th Century. To borrow a line from the internet “Not all superheroes wear capes.”
To all of us seeking a better tomorrow, know that we cannot win if we do not fight!
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