The Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation Memorial Planting 9.13.2020
In 2005, our Founder, Afeni Shakur began this tradition at the TASF center in Stone Mountain, Georgia, to honor loved ones who’ve passed on including her son Tupac Shakur. This year our community has lost so many and Covid-19 has made it difficult to properly pay our respects. Our President and Tupac’s sister, Sekyiwa Shakur has expanded this Memorial Planting event and opened it up to the public so we can collectively take time to cherish those who are no longer with us.
“It’s an amazing time, right now, to be alive. I am grateful that we have the opportunity to work together and heal our people. I am personally learning how not to live with constant feelings of grief and misery experienced with loss and I want to hold space for others coping with those sentiments at this time. These celebrations of life, annually, will honor the impact our loved ones made on us and communities. It’s with pride and heartfelt gratitude that I am able to take a tradition my mother started and expand it nationally, with love to all of you. We will find comfort in our communal spaces as we uplift and support each other. We will sow back into the earth intentions of peace and hope together.” – Sekyiwa Shakur
- Total Ceremony should take no longer than 30-45 minutes to complete from start to finish
- Intro/greeting led by Family Elder/ Leader(s)
- Greeting should be specific to that community, and connect back healing and hope
- Leader(s) should acknowledge that the purpose of the Memorial Planting is is to pay homage to our ancestors, elders and those we have lost over the years
- Community Leader personal message or prayer
- Moment of Silence
- Pouring of libation while simultaneously calling the names we are honoring
- All Together: Everyone calls out names of their loved ones at the same time
- Bring out the flowers/ seeds/ trees to be planted
(The ground should already be dug up in advance of the ceremony and ready for the plants to go in the ground)
- As a group everyone places the flowers into the earth, to symbolize that we are all on solid ground together
Suggestion: You are welcome to have a live performer (singer, drummer, dancer) before/during/after the prayer or planting.
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