A ceremony was held on Friday for family, friends, and fans on MacArthur Boulevard between Van Buren and Grand Avenue. Pac had an extensive history with the city as he got his start in the music industry with Digital Underground, and Oakland was where the late rapper recorded his first album.
"On these streets, you can't mention my brother's name if you are still taking a Black man's life," Sekyiwa "Set" Shakur, who is Tupac's sister, said. "It's a moment that I know my brother would be proud of. Establishing love and peace in the Oakland community especially mattered to him. Being able to represent safety to his people mattered to him."
Councilmember Caroll Fife led the effort that was approved unanimously last year by the Oakland City Council. "The same things that made who Tupac was, what he was fighting for and trying to lift up through his music is what we are fighting for today," Fife said.
E-40 said, "He spoke up for our people, for our culture. He is the greatest rapper to ever did it, man. He did so much in so little time."
While Pac's memory is being honored in Oakland, his murder case may finally see an end with Duane "Keffe D" Davis currently facing charges of murder with use of a deadly weapon and intent to promote, further, or assist a criminal gang in the killing of the legendary artist.
Earlier this week, the Associated Press reported that Davis had pleaded not guilty to the 1996 murder of the legendary rapper.