Mother to Son: 7 Afeni Shakur Quotes About 2Pac

The best of this proud mama talking about her son.


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Afeni Said… - Tupac’s words of wisdom have lived on over the years, but so will his mother’s. Pac wasn’t the only one with bars — especially when it came to Afeni speaking about her son. Over the years we got to listen to her impart words that encouraged a new generation to persevere and stand strong alongside their beliefs — very much the same way Pac did. Rest well, Afeni. – Jon Reyes (Photo: Frank Mullen/WireImage)

World Premiere of Tupac:Resurrection

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“In the 25 years that God gave him on this Earth, he shone like a star, and he did all that he was supposed to do, he said all that he needed to say.” - (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Splash News)


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“You need not weep for Tupac, but weep for yourself, because we are left here with these contradictions that we still must face.” - STONE MOUNTAIN, GA - SEPTEMBER 09: Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of the late Tupac Shakur, gives a speech in the Peace Garden on September 9, 2006 in Stone Mountain, Georgia. (Photo: Annette Brown/Getty Images)


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“From the moment he was born, I measured his life in five-year periods. When he was five, I was so grateful. When he was 10, I thanked God he was 10. Fifteen, 20, 25, I was always amazed he’d survived. He was a gift.” -  ATLANTA, GA - JUNE 16: Afeni Shakur speaks onstage at Tupac's 40th Birthday Celebration at the Atlanta Symphony Hall on June 16, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo: Prince Williams/FilmMagic) 


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“Tupac was and remains in my mind a child of the [Black Panther Party]. I think that I always felt that even though this society that they had destroyed the work of the BPP. I always felt that Tupac was living witness to who we are and who we were.” - Political and social activist and Black Panther member Afeni Shakur (center) shares a laugh with Dhoruba Bin Wahad (center right, in tortoise-shell glasses) at a rally in support of the Panther 21, New York, New York, April 4, 1970. The Panther 21 were Black Panther members arrested by New York police under suspicion of planning a series of bombings, charges that were eventually dropped against all the defendents. (Photo: David Fenton/Getty Images) 


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“Tupac used to comment on people who criticized him for cursing. As a matter of fact he said this just about verbatim, 'As I walked into this hall, I passed a young child who was hungry. There is not a bigger curse than a young child hungry.'” - Afeni Amardi Shakur (Photo: Kevin Mazur/WireImage) 


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“Tupac dealt with his responsibilities, I think other people have to do the same.” -  STONE MOUNTAIN, GA - SEPTEMBER 09: Afeni Shakur-Davis, mother of the late Tupac Shakur, applauds during an African drum ceremony September 9, 2006, in Stone Mountain, Georgia. (Photo: Annette Brown/Getty Images) 

World Premiere of Tupac:Resurrection

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“The misconceptions are that Tupac was a rapper, that Tupac wasn't political and that Tupac was a gangster. But primarily I really think that time will take care of that. I have faith in Tupac's legend. I really believe in the divinity of legends. I believe that God chose Tupac and I believe that no human being can destroy his image, his legend, his life, his music or his work.” - Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac, at the World Premiere of Paramount Pictures' Tupac: Resurrection, on Tuesday, October 4th, 2003 in Hollywood, California. (Photo: Mario Anzuoni/Splash News)