Tupac Amaru

Tupac Amaru

Tupac Amaru, 1742?-1781, leader of indigenous peoples in Peru, baptized José Gabriel Condorcanqui. A man of some education and of high moral character, he sympathized with the plight of the native people of Peru and sought to alleviate their condition. Unable to persuade the government to better conditions in the textile mills, the mines, and the villages, Condorcanqui, under the name of the Inca Tupac Amaru (his supposed ancestor), led a rebellion in 1780. The indigenous people flocked to support him, and at first Tupac Amaru was successful. He was later captured and brutally executed. The revolt continued, notably with the siege of La Paz in 1781, but was finally crushed. All of Tupac Amaru's family were executed or imprisoned, but many of the reforms for which he fought were granted.
The Tupac Amaru Shakur Center for the Arts, based in Stone Mountain, Georgia, is a performing arts center supported through the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation. The Shakur Center's mission is to provide opportunities for young people through the arts, and offers programs such as drama, dance, and creative writing classes. The organization also runs a Performing Arts Day Camp for youth ages twelve to eighteen.

The center is named in honor of the late American rapper/poet/activist/actor Tupac Shakur, and was founded by his mother Afeni Shakur.

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