By Assata Shakur
On could 2, 1973, Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a health facility, just about 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 nation trooper. lengthy a objective of J. Edgar Hoover's crusade to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organisations 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 picture of JoAnne Chesimard lengthy projected by way of the media and the kingdom. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the reports that led her to a lifetime of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual death of Black and White innovative teams on the hand of government officers. the result's a sign contribution to the literature approximately transforming into 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.