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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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According to Cleaver auutobiography 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”.

But this was my first time hearing of her and I am so glad I read this book.

Assata: An Autobiography – Assata Shakur – Google Books

When asssta by a reporter why, if that were the case, it took the jury 24 hours to reach a verdict, Kunstler replied, “That was just a pretense. This city is on the brink of bankruptcy, and yet hundreds of thousands of dollars are being spent on this trial. Or are the police lying?

I experienced so many emotions when reading this book. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. 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.

Want to Read saving…. Eventually, she fled to Cuba after escaping prison.

Assata: An Autobiography

She also comments on violence against police, which we still see today. This book was an eye opener for me.

To ask other readers questions about Assataplease sign up. Mar 20, LeeTravelGoddess rated it it was amazing Shelves: Long a target of J. The book made me question why the world is seemingly pushing for homogeneity when cultural diversity is a lot more interesting. The site also claims Assata had taken part in robberies and help others organize police killings. The recording was released in response to the New Jersey Turnpike Shooting. 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.


Along with all the names and college movements I’ll have to look into in the future, this was the first time I had ever heard of the Occupation of Alcatraz.

Capitalism meant that rich businessmen owned the wealth, while socialism meant that the people who made the wealth owned it. Olugbala means “savior” in Yoruba.

Assata Shakur

A key element of Shakur’s defense was medical testimony meant to demonstrate that she was shot with her hands up and that she would have been subsequently unable to fire a weapon.

The book came across as particularly prescient 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. She only covers what she is charged with and the nine criminal trials she attends while held in prison for four years, most of it in solitary confinement.

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.

Explicit use of et al. While she spent some time trying to be a grown-up on the streets of NYC when she was just an adolescent, she ultimately went to college and discovered political movements fighting for Black liberation.

Assata: An Autobiography by Assata Shakur

Even though these events may have happened just as she wrote them, the tone in which she wrote autobiograpyh event forced me to take her verbal recaps with a grain of salt. Feb 18, Alysia rated it really liked it Shelves: Shakur was identified as a political prisoner as early as October 8,by Angela Davis[] and in an April 3,New York Times advertisement purchased by the Easter Coalition for Human Rights. I did find it odd that, after all this great material, that Shakur went back and emphasized how the revolutionary struggle must be scientific in order to avoid emotional compromise, in other words emphasizing the very “objectivity” preached by autobiograpby tendril of the patriarchy.


They call you mad. Although it deals with the Black Power movement in the s and s, it is painfully relevant to current debates over government control such as the Patriot Act.

It would burn me up every time somebody talked about Black people climbing the ladder of success. Views Read Edit View history. Amazing woman and a good book! She was linked and accused of lots of completely random and unrelated events such as bank robbery and murder and cleared of autobiovraphy of those but the process took years and she was in and out of prison.

Assata is an amazing writer, revolutionary, and a beautiful and inspiring black woman. Representations of Black Feminist Politics. Shakur later wrote teachers seemed surprised when she answered a question in class, as if not expecting black auhobiography to be intelligent and engaged, and what she was taught a sugar-coated version of history that ignored the oppression suffered by people of color, especially in the United States.

An Autobiography Assata Shakur No preview available – She spent YEARS in solitary confinement, housed in conditions that were legally judged to be cruel autobiograpny inhumane. Additionally, there are sometimes when Shakur makes the pronoun “I” lowercase and there are instances in which she leaves the pronoun capitalized. They did a lot that I admire. Retrieved on Aurobiography 7, Heart learning how to love. View all 18 comments. Lawrence Hill Books [1].

All the things I ever look for in a book.