Assata: An Autobiography

By | October 14, 2017
Assata: An Autobiography Author Assata Shakur
ISBN-10 1556520743
ISBN-13 9781556520747
Year 2001-11-01
Pages 320
Language English
Publisher Lawrence Hill Books
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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 had 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 This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the state With wit and candor Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths weaknesses and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand ofgovernment officials The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou Two years after her conviction Assata Shakur escaped from prison She was given political asylum by Cuba where she now resides

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