Why Was Tupac Named Lesane Parish Crooks?


The G.O.A.T. was born Lesane Parish Crooks on June 16, 1971. Few days later (June 29, 1971), his mother, Alice Faye Walker (Afeni Shakur), changed his name to Tupac Amaru Shakur, which made him the third well-known person to carry the name Tupac Amaru. Afeni and Tupac’s father Billy Garland gave their son the name Lesane Parish Crooks to avoid him being targeted by his Black Panther-affiliated family’s enemies.

Birth certificate, Tupac Amaru Shakur / Resurrection Book