I n the early hours of 2 May , Assata Shakur was stopped on the New Jersey Turnpike by a state trooper named James Harper, allegedly for driving with a faulty rearlight. In a second patrol car was Trooper Werner Foerster. In , Shakur was convicted on one murder charge and six assault charges and sentenced to life in prison. She escaped in with the assistance of BLA members posing as visitors, and has been a fugitive ever since. Last year, the FBI placed the year-old on its list of the top 10 most-wanted terrorists.
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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? On May 2, , 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 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 of government 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. Read more Read less. Review "A compelling tale of the impact of white racism on a sensitive and powerful young black woman. A spellbinding tale.
A must book for those interested in the 'revolutionaries' of the s" -- Choice. No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.
Verified Purchase. The quality of biographies and autobiographies is largely dependent upon the life lived by the individual and how the story is told. Someone could have lived a full and exciting life but tell about it in a drab, dull way. Whereas someone could have lived a mundane, boring life but narrated it in a colorful and interesting way.
Assata lived a very interesting life, much different than the majority of us, and she told her story in an uncomplicated and intriguing manner. I had never heard of Assata Shakur until I saw her named mentioned in another book I was reading.
Now I'm quite upset that I didn't know about her sooner or that I hadn't read her story when I was younger. Assata's simple yet powerful story of her life in New York as a young woman searching for a way to best serve her people is amazing. I absolutely love her toughness, her mindset and her ability to think for herself. Although she joined the Black Panther Party she was not hesitant to point out its flaws and what they needed to do to improve.
She took a critical thinking approach to everything she did though her actions weren't completely devoid of emotion. Fortunately, she wasn't killed though it wasn't for lack of trying. That night of May 2, had death sentence written all over it. But she survived and fought one legal battle after the next until the system finally succeeded in putting her away. It was a matter of: "we have the resources and the means and you do not.
And she tells her story in a straightforward way. She's not trying to exhibit how much she knows or even how much she's done. It is a simple no-nonsense telling of what her life was like in the Black urban areas of New York as a child, how she became the pro-Black woman she became and how a system of institutionalized racism ran her over with their 20 ton train. She conspicuously and wisely omits a lot of names and details when it comes to some of her movements and meetings during her Panther days and, of course, of her escape from prison.
Still, you learn all you need to know about Assata and the powers that she was up against. Shakur means 'the thankful. This book should be read by all young black children. This book is a must read for anyone who is studying how the System of Racism White Supremacy operates. Assata is a Sheroe to black people. It is interesting that for all the lip service that is given to blacks by white people on forgiving whites who practice Racism White Supremacy on blacks, the white collective has not to this day forgiving Assata, who they attempted to murder on the New Jersey Turnpike.
They relentlessly and obsessively continue to hunt Assata and call her a cop killer, when it was the Racist cops that were attempting to kill her and her comrades, like they have done to many, many black people throughout history. Assata is a strong black female that decided to accept her earthly assignment to try and produce Justice in an unjust world. I highly recommend this book to young black people who are seeking to gain a better understanding of of the world that they have been born into.
The problems Assata faced as young black female growing up, is still being experienced to this present day by all black people.
Sister Shakur tells us of her life from adolescence, to growing up in poverty, and finally to rediscovering herself and falling in love with her Blackness. Those of you out there that are reading these reviews pay close attention to those with 1 or 2 stars. You will notice most of them didn't bother reading the book.
Their review is based on whatever fiction they've been taught to believe is true. Do your own research and compare it with the words of Sister Shakur. And to those that haven't read the book and are giving negative reviews because your 5th grade History teacher, Mrs.
A poignant exploration of Assata Shakur's journey from girlhood through adulthood, serving also as a chronicle of the Black Power Movement and the evolution of U. In many ways, the book complements "The Autobiography of Malcolm X," offering a black female perspective on American society of the 20th century. As you would find with most any memoir, there are silences and gaps that seem to beg for more discussion and illumination.
I start reading very few books, and finish reading even fewer. This was not only an engaging read, but an insightful and unique view on aspects of American history and cultural from the perspective of someone who experienced it.
I imagine it will be too intense for some and the political schism will certainly put off or even offend others, but I think most will get something from the book. I know I put my highlighter through a work identifying passages that resonated with me. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web.
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Assata Shakur: from civil rights activist to FBI's most-wanted
The revolutionary Black Liberation Army of the s rose out of the ashes of the Black Panther Party to free black people in the United States, this time through armed struggle. The peaceful civil rights movement of the sixties had eliminated segregation but not the racism still endured by African Americans. The United States responded with its white institutional might to bring down the revolutionaries, most notably Assata Shakur. The story Shakur tells in her autobiography, first published in , is of the inhumane treatment meted out to her while incarcerated in the American prisons she was shunted between while awaiting trial, not only for the murder, but for armed robbery, kidnap and attempted murder. She tells us she was beaten and tortured, imprisoned for some time in an otherwise all-male jail, was put under hour surveillance with the lights on, underwent an unnecessary internal examination and was denied, at various times, her right to legal representation. When she was not in solitary confinement she mixed with the other prisoners, most of whom, she notes despairingly, were black or Hispanic. She was raised by an extended family of her mother, aunts and grandparents, but as a teenager she fell out with her mother, leaving home and getting involved in scams and all kinds of escapades.
Assata: An Autobiography
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? On May 2, , 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 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 of government officials.