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The Life and Legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur

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Fall 2009
Afro 98 /198
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

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, & hip hop and complimented by readings and guest speakers.

How to Enroll:

To enroll in this 2 unit course use course control number

98- 00587 (Freshmen and Sophomore)

198- 00701 (Junior and Senior)

The first class will be held on August 31 from 4-6 in 110 Barrows Hall

You must attend the first class or you will be dropped from the course.

Lisa Morris- lam@berkeley.edu

Course Contact: lam AT berkeley.edu

Faculty Sponsor: Na'ilah Suad Nasir

Time & Location:

SectionFacilitatorsSizeLocationTimeStartsStatusCCNs
Section 3Lisa Morris
110 Barrows HallMonday 4-68/31full00587 (lower)
00701 (upper)

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