Page 1. Assata (Shakur),. An. Autobiography. Digitalized by. RevSocialist for. SocialistStories. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Assata: An Autobiography is a autobiographical book by Assata Shakur. In the recording, Assata publicly described herself as a black revolutionary and. Assata Olugbala Shakur is a former member of the Black Liberation Army, who was convicted In , she published Assata: An Autobiography, which was written in Cuba. Her autobiography has been cited in relation to critical legal.

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Jan 03, Christian rated it liked it Shelves: Stirring, stylish, and engagingly frank portrait of Assata Shakur that details her early life and the period after her arrest and scandalous trials by the government.

But living insome 30 years after the book was written and living in an age with the attempted demonizing of the Black Lives Matter movement and the attempt to underplay the overwhelming police brutality and abuse of power, I find her to be mostly credible–with rather obvious, probably critical omissions in the book.

We were alive and we were excited and we believed that we were going to be free someday.

Judge Appleby also threatened Kunstler with dismissal and contempt of court after he delivered an October 21, speech at nearby Rutgers University that in part discussed the upcoming trial, [] but later ruled that Kunstler could represent Shakur. I’m not sure which books prompted the recommendation but it has proven to be spot on.

Assata Shakur

Shakur and four others including Fred Hilton, Avon White, and Andrew Jackson were indicted in the State Supreme Court in Bronx on December 31,on charges of attempting to shoot and kill two policemen—Michael O’Reilly and Roy Polliana, who were wounded but had since returned to duty—in an ambush in St. 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.

Uses authors parameter CS1 maint: The largely Internet-based “Hands Off Assata! They were interested in defeating the Viet Cong and i was interested in seeing them win their liberation And her significance in the lives of the members of the BPP on both the west coast and in New York, is seemingly nonexistent because, according to Shakur, none of her projects were ever completed. Feb 28, beau rated it it was amazing Shelves: On it’s face this would seem to be the story of a life of a young black femal This was one of the first Goodreads recommendation I ever received by goodreads recommendation I mean the computer generated algorithm based on the books that I entered onto my profile.


The prison conditions in America are ridiculous, racist, and horrifying.

She was shaukr absentee mother, I do not understand why she allowed Kamau to impregnate her while they both were in prison.

She is currently the only women to be on the FBIs most wanted list. The book came across as particularly autobiogrxphy in the age of government overreach and “oversight”, the metoo movement, the civil rights and lack their of for certain people, voter supression and it roll in the perversion of the criminal justice system and the violent spread of capitalism and it’s conflation with democracy. The retrial was delayed for one day to give the defendants more time to prepare.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. When Jimmy Carter was governor of Georgia, he brought a Black woman from prison to clean the state house and babysit for Amy. Aside from what the trial demonstrates though, Shakyr story is precious to me because she’s an extraordinary woman, so intelligent, clear sighted and uatobiography, and such a fine raconteur, alternating chapters on her intriguing early life with the horrific account of her incarceration so that I was constantly perched on hsakur edge of my seat.

She was shot in the abdomen and arm. For the first part of the book, the main emotion was disgust and shock, firstly at the police brutality Assata experienced it was very hard to read some of the graphic scenesand also at the American judicial system which was clearly racist.

But the question lies in when do people use armed struggle Inher presence in Cuba became widely known when she agreed to be interviewed by Newsday. Lawrence Hill Books [1].

Not only is she living proof of how far the United States autobography to go before I’ll even shakru to contemplate an inkling of “trust”, here in this autobiography she is candid, she is funny, she is intelligent and brave and strong beyond belief. I live near New Jersey, and I was amazed to learn that institutionalized racism was so entrenched in the “liberal” Northeast. Most memorable to me, the BPP served free breakfast to Black children after reading a study that shows children who eat breakfast do better in school.

Assata: An Autobiography

Assata and her lawyer had to fight for her to see a doctor and receive proper medical treatment so she could deliver a healthy baby — while in prison. And i have autobiorgaphy the death parade march through the torso of the earth, sculpting mud bodies in its p i believe in living.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. You can tell that she has a great personality, filled with intense emotions. During one of her trials there are manyshe and a man named Kamau shaour to be tried together.

Under cross-examination, Shakur was unable to explain how three magazines of ammunition and 16 live shells had gotten into her shoulder bag; she also admitted to knowing that Zayd Shakur carried a gun at times, and specifically to seeing a gun sticking out of Acoli’s pocket while stopping for supper at a Howard Johnson’s restaurant shortly before the shooting.


Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

According to Cleaver and Katsiaficas, the FBI and local police “initiated a national search-and-destroy mission for suspected BLA members, collaborating in stakeouts that were the products of intensive political repression and counterintelligence campaigns like NEWKILL”. Nobody is going to give you the education you need to overthrow them. She also became pregnant and gave birth while incarcerated during her many trials, and wrote about the experience with such beautiful insight into both the reality of her situation and the strength of her hope for the future that I recommend it to all.

In addition to detailing her life and development of social consciousness, Shakur gives some very important points of advice on how to engage in social justice measures. It was demonstrated that she had no powder residue on her hands, which she would have had if she’d pulled the trigger. McClatchy Newspapers via Houston Chronicle. I can’t imagine walking down the street and being automatically watched and judged.

On November 2,she escaped from prison, and inshe surfaced in Cubawhere she was granted political asylum. Also the poem at the end about chopping off slave masters’ heads and putting arsenic in apple pies took me off a little. First we would take control of the schools; then we would take control of the hospitals; then we would take control of the colleges, the housing, etc. Capitalism meant that rich businessmen owned the wealth, while socialism meant that the people who made the wealth owned it.

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Armed struggle can never be successful by itself; it must be part of an overall strategy for winning, and the strategy must be political as well as military The Chicago Black activist group Assata’s Daughters is named in her honor. I have no sympathy for symphonies. Whenever there was a lull in such occurrences, they leaked information, allegedly classified as ‘confidential,’ to the media, repeating past accusations and flashing her face across television screens and newspapers with heartbeat regularity, lest the public forget.

Cardozo Law Review 22 Shakur’s attorneys sought a new trial on the grounds that one jury member, John McGovern, had violated the jury’s sequestration order. Attempted armed robbery at Statler Hilton Hotel April 5, But my response to that is, if you haven’t experience the racism she has, be humble.