By Assata Shakur
On may well 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a health facility, with regards to dying, handcuffed to her mattress, whereas neighborhood, nation, 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 companies 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 picture of JoAnne Chesimard lengthy projected by way of the media and the country. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the reports that led her to a lifetime of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual dying of Black and White innovative teams on the hand of presidency officers. the result's a sign contribution to the literature approximately starting to be 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 felony. She was once given political asylum by means of Cuba, the place she now resides.
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