September 08, 1997
UC-Berkeley Offers Shakur Class
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- Move over, Shakespeare. College
students here are lining up to study the poems of slain rapper
The class drew more than 100 people when it was offered at the
University of California at Berkeley this semester.
"He's the Bob Dylan of our day," said Arvand Elihu,
a junior who will teach the class for full credit with the
university's approval. The only grades for the course are pass or
Shakur died Sept. 13, 1996, six days after he was shot on the
Las Vegas strip. At 25, he left behind unreleased material and a
collection of poetry.
Leila Steinberg, who said she was Shakur's first manager, will
help with the class.
"He had a phenomenal gift," said Steinberg, who is
working Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, to produce a volume of the