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By Assata Shakur
On might 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a health center, with regards to demise, handcuffed to her mattress, whereas neighborhood, kingdom, 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 objective of J. Edgar Hoover's crusade to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist businesses and their leaders, Shakur was once incarcerated for 4 years sooner than her conviction on flimsy facts in 1977 as an partner to murder.
This intensely own and political autobiography belies the fearsome snapshot of JoAnne Chesimard lengthy projected through 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 death of Black and White innovative teams on the hand of presidency officers. the result's a sign contribution to the literature approximately transforming into up Black in the USA 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 criminal. She used to be given political asylum by means of Cuba, the place she now resides.
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