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The Life and Legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur

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Spring 2009
African American Studies 98/198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

Course Description:

Tupac Shakur had a tremendous influence and is a powerful figure in society. The messages he addressed are as loud today as they were before his untimely demise. Tupac once said, “I’m not sayin I’m gonna rule the world, or I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee that I will spark the brain that will change the world.”(Tupac Resurrection)  His legacy spreads from youth camps, classes, and many posthumous track releases to change people for the better.  He addresses issues such as poverty, teen pregnancy, police brutality, and drug abuse. His music advocates the quality self-improvement and self-advancement foreshadowing a positive and fulfilling sense of success that is largely absent in the black community. He wanted to surpass barriers and create unity among people. Tupac readily claims charge in leading a struggle for making social change and was an icon that pointed out the flaws and ways to improve communities like he grew up in. This course will grasp an understanding of Tupac’s message by going beyond the misinterpretations of the media and exploring the dual persona that existed within Tupac himself as a poet and activist. The socio-economic condition of his environment as well as his position in society as an African-American male (and its implications) will be evaluated. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing his poetry, songs, roles in film, and complimented by readings and guest speakers.

How to Enroll:

Course Entry Codes and the Course Control Number for 98 and 198 will be given out to students in the first class on January 26, 2009 in 110 Barrows from 5-7. In order to enroll you must attend the first class.

Course Contact: lam AT berkeley.edu

Website: decal.org/Tupac

Faculty Sponsor: Ula Taylor

Time & Location:

SectionFacilitatorsSizeLocationTimeStartsStatusCCNs
Afro 98/198Lisa Morris
110 BarrowsMon 5-71/25started

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