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Download e-book for iPad: Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

By Assata Shakur

ISBN-10: 1556520743

ISBN-13: 9781556520747

On might 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a health center, as regards to loss of life, handcuffed to her mattress, whereas neighborhood, kingdom, and federal police tried to question her concerning 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 firms and their leaders, Shakur used to be incarcerated for 4 years sooner than her conviction on flimsy proof in 1977 as an associate to murder.


This intensely own and political autobiography belies the fearsome photograph of JoAnne Chesimard lengthy projected through the media and the country. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the stories that led her to a lifetime of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual loss of life of Black and White progressive 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 via Cuba, the place she now resides.


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One was a book of Black poetry, one was a book called Black Women in White Amerika, and the third was a novel, Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse. Whenever i tired of the verbal abuse of my captors, i would drown them out by reading the poetry out loud. “Invictus” and “If We Must Die” were the poems i usually read. I read them over and over, until i was sure the guards had heard every word. The poems were my message to them. When i read the book about Black women, i felt the spirits of those sisters feeding me, making me stronger.

And i believe that seeds grow into sprouts. And sprouts grow into trees. I believe in the magic of the hands. And in the wisdom of the eyes. I believe in rain and tears. And in the blood of infinity. Š I believe in life. And i have seen the death parade march through the torso of the earth, sculpting mud bodies in its path. I have seen the destruction of the daylight, and seen bloodthirsty maggots prayed to and saluted. Š I have seen the kind become the blind and the blind become the bind in one easy lesson.

1. Shakur, Assata. 2. Afro-Americans—Biography. 3. Black Panther Party—Biography. 4. Black Nationalism—United States. 5. Racism—United States. 6. United States—Race relations. I. Title. 0496073024 87-23772 ISBN 1-55652-074-3, previously 0-88208-222-1. Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Š Cover design: Joan Sommers Design Š Copyright © 1987 by Zed Books Ltd. Foreword by Angela Davis copyright © 2001 by Angela Davis All rights reserved Originally published in the United Kingdom by Zed Books Ltd. Published in the United States by Lawrence Hill Books An imprint of Chicago Review Press, Incorporated 814 North Franklin Street Chicago, Illinois 60610 ISBN 1-55652-074-3 Š Printed in the United States of America Table of Contents Title Page Copyright Page Foreword Foreword AFFIRMATION Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Postscript Foreword In the 1970s, as Assata Shakur awaited trial on charges of being an accomplice to murder, I participated in a benefit at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, to raise funds for her legal defense.

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