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By Assata Shakur

On could 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a medical institution, with reference to loss of life, handcuffed to her mattress, whereas neighborhood, kingdom, and federal police tried to query her concerning the shootout at the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the lifetime of a white kingdom trooper. lengthy a goal of J. Edgar Hoover's crusade to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organisations and their leaders, Shakur used to be incarcerated for 4 years sooner than her conviction on flimsy facts in 1977 as an associate to murder.


This intensely own and political autobiography belies the fearsome snapshot of JoAnne Chesimard lengthy projected via the media and the nation. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the stories that led her to a lifetime of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual death of Black and White progressive teams on the hand of government officers. the result's a sign contribution to the literature approximately turning out to be up Black in the US 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 legal. She used to be given political asylum by means of Cuba, the place she now resides.


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