Tupac Shakur, the iconic rapper and cultural legend, is set to be honored with a street named after him in Oakland, California.
The city council unanimously voted in favor of renaming a section of MacArthur Boulevard, near Lake Merritt, as Tupac Shakur Way. This stretch of road holds special significance as it was once the home of the late rapper.
Although Tupac was born in Harlem and resided in various locations including Baltimore and Marin City, he often credited Oakland as the place where he developed his skills and launched his career.
The decision to rename the street is a testament to his profound impact on the city and its thriving arts and culture scene.
The commemorative plaques and signs announcing the renaming will be funded by the Tupac Shakur Foundation, ensuring that his legacy continues to inspire future generations.
Oakland has previously paid tribute to notable individuals by renaming streets, including Black Panther party co-founder Huey P Newton and rapper Too Short.
Tupac Shakur’s life was tragically cut short when he was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996 at the age of 25.
The legislation passed by the city council highlights that the newly named street will serve as a reminder of Tupac’s contributions to Oakland and as a celebration of art and culture’s ability to drive social change.
Although the specific timeline for the name change has not been provided, this act of recognition ensures that Tupac Shakur’s memory will forever be intertwined with the streets of Oakland, immortalizing his influence on music, activism, and the community he called home.