Shakur’s work is part of the reason Renisha McBride’s killer was charged with murder this weekend. Earlier this month, McBride, 19, was seeking help after a car accident in Dearborn Heights when she knocked on the door of 54-year-old Theodore Wafer, a white man. He shot her in the face.
It took 13 days and the work of folks like Shakur and Detroit filmmaker dream hampton — who organized a rally in Dearborn Heights demanding an arrest — before police brought charges against Wafer. The case had inspired comparisons to the Trayvon Martin shooting and was being watched by civil rights groups around the country.