Reading Tupac's Poetry is important for lawyers and law students to do because, by doing so, those who may not have lived through similar experiences can learn about the forces that many African-American families have long faced - like systemic racism, economic poverty, the consequences of the war on drugs, the intellectual and social poverty imposed on them by government, just to name a few. It's important for us to understand how these experiences shape the affected families, especially for those of us going into public interest work, because these are not experiences that clients may want to talk about but are still living through. There's a big difference in the level of care that an attorney can provide when he/she/they is aware of some of the societal issues that emotionally affect their clients. Personally, I learned a lot about the Black Panthers and their attempts to uplift their communities just by reading Tupac's "The Rose That grew From Concrete" and by discussing it with my classmates. The Black Panthers are a revolutionary group that I knew very basic information about beforehand, and by reading Tupac's work I now have a little bit of a deeper understanding of what community groups think are the most necessary resources, and, most importantly, how these communities want to access certain resources.