From Afeni Shakur-Davis on the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation Print
Written by Afeni Shakur-Davis ID4490   
Thursday, 14 August 2008 00:58

This year marks the 11th year of the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation as a registered 501c3 non-profit organization and we could not have come this far without your continued support!

In July we officially celebrated our 10th annual youth Leadership & Arts Camp in Atlanta at the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts with a full theatrical production in the Peace Garden. Also, this summer, we expanded our camp to Los Angeles and Oakland!

My son Tupac (Hip Hop Icon 2Pac) always dreamed of helping young people around the world through the arts. As a young child he explored his creative talents and was given opportunities to have his creativity nurtured and developed. We thank God for those opportunities and the consequential accomplishments he achieved.

The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation and the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts is the heartbeat of my son’s legacy. Over the last 11 years my family and I, through faith, have undauntedly exerted time, energy, and hard work toward his legacy and running the Foundation. Fans, private donors, and posthumous album sales have financially supported a tremendous and extensive list of achievements!

One of these many achievements occurred on June 11, 2005 when we opened the Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts Visitor Center and Peace Garden in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Over the last three years we’ve built a sanctuary that fosters an environment that encourages freedom of expression and enhances the lives of youth through the arts. The Center contains rotating exhibits, Tupac memorabilia, a gift shop, dance floor, and rehearsal and rental space. Visitors travel to the Center and Peace Garden from all over the world!

The Peace Garden provides visitors with a reflective, commemorative, and tranquil haven. Replete with annual and perennial plants, trees, native plants, environmental features, and green space, the garden also serves as a convergence for community gardening and botanical education.

Thank you to all of our past contributors for your time, talent, and treasure over the years! Your continued support and the support of new contributors to one of the four donor levels will help support the Center and Peace Garden.

We ask that you contribute to one of these levels by September 13, 2008. All donations are tax-deductible. Together we can continue to impact youth and communities all over the world.

Peace, Love, and Respect,

Afeni Shakur-Davis