The late Tupac Shakur will be honored with a street renaming in Oakland, following a unanimous vote by the city council on Tuesday.
Despite being born in Harlem and having resided in places such as Baltimore, Maryland, and Marin City, California, Shakur ascribed his “game” and career launch to Oakland, as indicated in the legislation establishing this homage.
The part of MacArthur Boulevard near Lake Merritt where Shakur formerly lived will keep its original name but will also be known as Tupac Shakur Way.
The Tupac Shakur Foundation will pay for commemorative plaques and signs to mark the occasion.
Oakland has already given street names to noteworthy personalities such as Black Panther Party co-founder Huey P. Newton and rapper/record producer Too Short.
Tupac Shakur was killed in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996 when he was 25 years old.
The City Council legislation seeks to ensure that the renamed section of the street serves as a reminder of Shakur’s contributions to Oakland, as well as to honor art and culture as transformational social change agents.
The execution of the name change was not given a timetable.