By Assata Shakur

On may perhaps 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a health center, with regards to dying, handcuffed to her mattress, whereas neighborhood, nation, and federal police tried to query her concerning the shootout at the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the lifetime of a white country trooper. lengthy a aim of J. Edgar Hoover's crusade to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist corporations and their leaders, Shakur used to be incarcerated for 4 years ahead of her conviction on flimsy facts in 1977 as an companion to murder.


This intensely own and political autobiography belies the fearsome picture of JoAnne Chesimard lengthy projected via the media and the kingdom. 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 innovative teams on the hand of government officers. the result's a sign contribution to the literature approximately growing to be up Black in the US 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 felony. She was once given political asylum through Cuba, the place she now resides.


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Something—my mind slowly realizes that it is a man in a plastic bag. And that the man is Zayd. My body stiffens. My mind spins. ” I say nothing, but inside i’m raging. “Dogs! Swine! Filthy pigs! Dirty slimy scum! Bastards! ” I rage on and on. “I wouldn’t tell you the right time of day,” i remember thinking. ” The night crawls along. Nurses, doctors, and troopers. I am still scared, but i am just as angry and evil as i am scared. The detectives are in and out and, when nobody is there except them, they get in their digs and bangs.

They were state troopers and i was accused of killing one of them. Every day there were three shifts of police. When they changed shifts, the two troopers would salute the sergeant. Some saluted an army salute, but others saluted like the nazis did in Germany. They held their hands in front of them and clicked their heels. I couldn’t believe it. One day one of them came in and gave me a speech about how he fought in World War II on the wrong side. He went on and on and there was no question that he believed everything he said.

On three separate official reports, including his grand jury testimony, Harper said that he saw Assata take a gun from her pocketbook, while in the car, and shoot him. He admitted, on cross-examination during both Sundiata’s trial and Assata’s trial, that he never saw Assata with a gun and did not see her shoot him—that, in fact, he had lied. In addition, the judge refused to permit the defense to present any testimony on COINTELPRO. The truth is very simple. Assata Shakur did not receive a fair trial in Middlesex County, New Jersey.

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