By Assata Shakur
On may possibly 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a sanatorium, with regards to loss of life, handcuffed to her mattress, whereas neighborhood, nation, 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 objective 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 partner to murder.
This intensely own and political autobiography belies the fearsome photo of JoAnne Chesimard lengthy projected via 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 death of Black and White innovative teams on the hand of government officers. the result's a sign contribution to the literature approximately transforming into 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 legal. She used to be given political asylum by way of Cuba, the place she now resides.
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