Assata: An Autobiography

Assata: An Autobiography

Assata Shakur

On might 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a sanatorium, on the subject of dying, handcuffed to her mattress, whereas neighborhood, kingdom, and federal police tried to question her in regards to 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 firms and their leaders, Shakur used to be incarcerated for 4 years sooner than her conviction on flimsy facts in 1977 as an companion to murder.


This intensely own and political autobiography belies the fearsome snapshot of JoAnne Chesimard lengthy projected by way of the media and the kingdom. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the reports 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 turning out to be 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 used to be given political asylum via Cuba, the place she now resides.


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