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. Author, Assata Shakur. Country, United States, Cuba. Language, English Assata: An Autobiography is a autobiographical book by Assata Shakur. On May 2, , Black Panther Assata Shakur (aka JoAnne Chesimard) lay in a This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome.

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Very down-to-earth, very honest, very informative. Assata Shakur was wrongfully imprisoned as part of the FBI and US government attacks on the political organizations of people of color. Using guns and dynamite, they took hostages and commandeered a van to get away. However, it is the humility with which she talks that makes her story just that shkur bit more accessible.

I read it a few years ago and it was the first step I took in a complete transformation in the way I saw and respected black womanhood. This book is both a wonderful read, and extremely thought-provoking. They live, openly and are not hunted. I guess I hummed the Blues too early, and spent too many midnights out wailing to the rain.

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While I didn’t agree with everything she wrote, especially the need for an armed struggle, I felt the frustration that Shakur described. The rich have always used racism to maintain power.

I found this to be especially true in terms of the chapters that Assata wrote about her childhood. This autobiography brings into focus a piece of history that has helped shape race politics in the past decades, but it also serves as a startling reminder of what is still happening to black communities in the USA and beyond.

Lists with This Book. I live near New Jersey, and I was amazed to learn that institutionalized racism was so entrenched in the “liberal” Northeast. Shakur was deluged with criminal cases – kidnap, armed robbery, bank hold-ups.


Between andShakur was accused of several crimes, none of which had sufficient evidence to back them. Within minutes some of her colleagues were dead, as was one of the cops and Assata original name Joanne Chesimard had her hand shot also. Playing to Win Tuesday, November 2, 0: So why shouldn’t working people aasata own that wealth?

In the climax that leads to her imprisonment, Assata explains that she was shot by police on the New Jersey turnpike, and the men in the car with her would not fare well: Her frustrations are shown in her words, and I loved that. An Autobiography is a autobiographical book by Assata Shakur. Tuesday, August 14, 8: We don’t need no tired blood.

Heart learning how to love. As a member of the BPP, Assata criticized the lack of organization and open sexism in the party and eventually left. This organisation took a stand for the freedom and justice of all people, focusing on the class struggle, and applying socialist theory in order to gain self-determination for Black people.

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Why was she there? License plates alone would amount to millions. Those who believe that the president or the vice-president and the congress and the supreme kourt run this country are sadly mistaken. Shakur spends pages and pages and autobiobraphy telling readers about her life as an adolescent, never really going in depth about how her mother’s absenteeism affected her growth as a woman.

Return to Book Page. It feels as though it is being told by an elder, as opposed to an academic — she conveys and evokes all the emotions and mindsets of the time, allowing the reader to empathise with her struggle. Edgar Hoover ordered wire taps — illegally — on many Black revolutionaries, having them followed, harassed, and even shot in the middle of the night in their beds. This is the compelling autobiography of one of America’s great modern New Afrikan revolutionary women.

Paperbackpages. At one point, she learns on the TV that some police officers were murdered. I experienced so many emotions when reading this book. The recording was released in response to the New Jersey Turnpike Shooting. She is currently the only women to be on the FBIs most wanted list. Must read for any revolutionary. Once you study and really get a good understanding of the way the system in the United States works, then you see, without a doubt, that the civil rights movement never had a chance of succeeding.


In my opinion, this book should be on the required reading list for high school students to help them understand the history of the Black Panther Party as well as giving them more to the Civil Rights struggle than Martin Luther King.

Assata: An Autobiography

Published November 1st by Chicago Review Press first published Who are they for? Oct 04, Jeff Jackson rated it really liked it. Aside from Assata Shakur’s conviction in a joke of a trial for a murder she clearly did not commit has not been reversed. She makes sure to inform us that in Cuba there is no racism It can be broken down.

I still see this problem with my students; they take five classes per semester and have to be told why all the information is related because they never learned that before. What the book doesn’t explain is why? Handcuffed by the haters. It is hard to justify the notion that America is free if over one million people are in jail at any time, and a large majority of those people are not white.

Her inclusion on the FBI list, to me, is truly astonishing, especially with distorted versions of her case presented without context, and it seems clear that there are larger political motivations here.