Tupac Shakur's Poetical Tribute To Nelson Mandela

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Below is Tupac's Poetical Tribute to Mandela:


JUST A BREATH OF FREEDOM (For Nelson Mandela)

Held captive for your politics
They wanted to break your soul
They ordered the extermination
Of all minds they couldn't control

For you, the fate was far worse
Than just a brutal Homicide
They caged you like an Animal
And watched you slowly die inside

As you Breathe your first air of Freedom
On the day you become a free Man
Raise your Regal Brow in Pride
For now you are in God's Hands

The Life of many were given
So that the Day would one day come
That the Devils in Power at Pretoria
Would pay for the evil Crimes they've done...

- Tupac Shakur (1971 - 1996)



P.S: The University of California, Berkeley once offered a student-led course entitled, "History 98: Poetry and History of Tupac Shakur". At one Harvard University Conference, the theme was Shakur's impact on Entertainment, Race relations, Politics and the "Hero/Martyr". On April 17, 2003, Harvard University co-sponsored an academic symposium entitled "All Eyez on Me: Tupac Shakur and the Search for the Modern Folk Hero." The speakers discussed a wide range of topics dealing with Shakur's impact on everything from entertainment to sociology. Many of the speakers discussed Shakur's status and public persona, including State University of New York at Buffalo English Professor, Mark Anthony Neal who gave the talk "Thug Nigga Intellectual: Tupac as Celebrity Gramscian" in which he argued that Shakur was an example of the "Organic Intellectual" expressing the concerns of a larger group. Professor Neal has also indicated in his writings that the death of Shakur has left a "Leadership void amongst hip-hop artists". Neal further describes him as a "Walking Contradiction", a status that allowed him to "make being an intellectual accessible to ordinary people"...

He was just 25 years old!


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