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By Assata Shakur

On may possibly 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a medical institution, as regards to dying, handcuffed to her mattress, whereas neighborhood, country, and federal police tried to query her in regards to the shootout at the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the lifetime of a white country trooper. lengthy a aim of J. Edgar Hoover's crusade to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist enterprises and their leaders, Shakur used to be incarcerated for 4 years ahead of her conviction on flimsy facts in 1977 as an companion to murder.

 

This intensely own and political autobiography belies the fearsome photograph of JoAnne Chesimard lengthy projected by means of the media and the kingdom. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the stories that led her to a lifetime of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual loss of life of Black and White innovative teams on the hand of government officers. the result's a sign contribution to the literature approximately becoming up Black in the United States that has already taken its position along The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.

Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from felony. She was once given political asylum through Cuba, the place she now resides.

 

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