Birth Name: Lesane Parish Crooks
Date of Birth: June 16, 1971
Place of Birth: East Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States
Date of Death: September 13, 1996
Place of Death: Las Vegas, Nevada
Ethnicity: African-American, as well as at least 1/16th European, possibly Tuareg
Tupac Shakur was an American rapper, songwriter, and actor. He was the son of African-American parents, William Garland and Afeni Shakur (born Alice Faye Williams). He adopted his surname, “Shakur”, from his step-father, Mutulu Shakur (who was born Jeral Wayne Williams). His mother gave him the name “Tupac Amaru” after the Peruvian revolutionary Túpac Amaru II. His parents were Black Panther members. His mother was also a businessperson, philanthropist, political activist.
One of his great-grandmothers was the daughter of a white man whose surname was “Powers”, and of a black woman named Millie Ann.
His father is said to have Tuareg heritage, which is an ethnic group that predominately inhabit Sub-Saharan Africa. It is not clear if this ancestry has been verified/documented.
Tupac’s maternal grandparents were Walter Williams, Jr. (the son of The Rev. Walter Williams and Lena) and Rosa Belle (the daughter of Amy Lane Wooten). Amy Lane was the daughter of Roseanna.
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