Assata

Assata

An Autobiography

Book - 2001
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"On May 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur, aka JoAnne Chesimard, lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover's campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder. ... Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison. She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides." From the book jacket.
Publisher: Chicago, Illinois : Lawrence Hill Books, [2001]
Copyright Date: ©1987
ISBN: 9781556520747
1556520743
Call Number: BIO 973.0496 SHAKUR 2001
Characteristics: xix, 274 pages ; 24 cm

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Everyone should read Assata and Sister Outsider. These two gems speak to the intersectionality of identity regarding gender, race, sexuality and class in very distinct ways. Regardless of how readers identify themselves, Shakur and Lourde challenge misconceptions about Black women and history ... Read More »


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mireezi
Jan 23, 2017

Assata deserves her freedom. She has been falsely prosecuted on the basis of being a threat to the United States. This book gives an in-depth look into her life before and after becoming a revolutionary. Let Assata take you into a journey of American history that will not be taught to our children. (Just because it's white doesn't mean it's clean.)

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