|FBI Ten Most Wanted Fugitives|
|Born||August 8, 1950|
|Added||July 23, 1982|
|Caught||February 12, 1986|
Mutulu Shakur (born Jeral Wayne Williams, August 8, 1950) is an American black nationalist, acupuncturist and alleged bank robber. He was a proponent of the Republic of New Afrika and a close friend of Geronimo Pratt.
Shakur is best known his conviction on racketeering charges following the 1979 prison escape of Joanne Chesimard (Assata Shakur) and the infamous $1.6 million robbery of a Brinks armored truck in New York in which a guard and two police officers were killed. He is currently incarcerated in the United States Penitentiary, Victorville in Adelanto, California. He is also the stepfather of deceased iconic hip hop legend Tupac Shakur.
Shakur was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on August 8, 1950, as Jeral Wayne Williams. At age seven he moved to Jamaica, Queens, New York City with his mother and younger sister. By his late teens, he was politically active with the Revolutionary Action Movement (RAM) and later joined the Republic of New Afrika.
In 1970, Shakur started working with the Lincoln Detox (detoxification) Community (addiction treatment) Program, which offered drug treatment to addicts using acupuncture. Shakur became certified and licensed to practice acupuncture in the State of California in 1976. Eventually he became the program’s assistant director and remained associated with the program until 1978. He went on to help found and direct the Black Acupuncture Advisory Association of North America (BAAANA) and the Harlem Institute of Acupuncture.
Since incarcerated, Shakur founded a New York-based organization named Dare 2 Struggle that released a 10-year anniversary tribute album for Tupac Shakur called A 2Pac Tribute: Dare 2 Struggle in 2006 through music industry veteran Morey Alexander's First Kut Records and Canadian activist Deejay Ra's Lyrical Knockout Entertainment. The album features artists such as Mopreme Shakur, Outlawz, and Imaan Faith. As Shakur explains it, the CD was created in order to motivate, inspire, and challenge black people to struggle against their obstacles. He also recorded a radio PSA for Deejay Ra's "Hip-Hop Literacy" campaign, encouraging reading of books about Tupac. Shakur was interviewed in the Oscar-nominated documentary Tupac: Resurrection, in which he described how he wrote a "Thug Life Handbook" with Tupac, expressing an anti-drug and anti-violence message.
Arrest and Incarceration
In the 1980s, Shakur and Marilyn Buck were indicted on Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) charges. While at large, on July 23, 1982 he became the 380th person added by the FBI to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list. He was arrested February 12, 1986 in California. Shakur and Buck were tried in 1987 and convicted on May 11, 1988. 
While in ADX Florence, he was visited by novelist Jonathan Franzen. The visit forms part of Franzen's essay "Control Units," which is included in his book of essays How to Be Alone, published in 2002. He is also featured on Season 3, Episode 10 of the television show 'American Gangster' featured on Centric and BET in 2008. Shakur is to be released in 2016.
- "Federal Bureau of Prisons". Bop.gov. Retrieved 2013-05-03.
- Lubasch, Arnold H. (May 12, 1988). "2 Ex-fugitives Convicted of Roles in Fatal Armored-Truck Robbery". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-10.