Assata Shakur - book author
Assata Olugbala Shakur is an Black civil rights activist who was a member of the Black Panther Party (BPP) and Black Liberation Army (BLA).
Between 1971 and 1973, Shakur was accused of several crimes, none of which had sufficient evidence to back them. However, knowing that she would not be able to prove her innocence, she escaped prison and fled to Cuba where she now resides in political asylum. She is listed on the FBI Most Wanted Terrorist list.
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Assata Shakur is the author of books: Assata: An Autobiography, Una autobiografía (Narración en Castellano), From Somewhere in The World: Message to the New Afrikan Nation, Hatred of Capitalism: A Semiotext(e) Reader, Let Nobody Turn Us Around: Voices on Resistance, Reform, and Renewal an African American Anthology, Still Black, Still Strong: Survivors of the U.S. War Against Black Revolutionaries, Against Police Violence: Writers of Conscience Speak Out, In Defense of Mumia, Sparks Fly: Women Political Prisoners and Prisoners of War in the U.S., Voices of a People's History of the United States (10th Anniversary, 3rd Edition)
This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the state. With wit and candor, Assata Shakur recounts the experiences that led her to a life of activism and portrays the strengths, weaknesses, and eventual demise of Black and White revolutionary groups at the hand of government officials. The result is a signal contribution to the literature about growing up Black in America that has already taken its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.
Two years after her conviction, Assata Shakur escaped from prison. She was given political asylum by Cuba, where she now resides.
Esta autobiografía intensamente personal y política desmiente la temible imagen de Assata proyectada durante largo tiempo por los medios de comunicación y el Estado. Con ingenio y candor, relata las experiencias que la llevaron a una vida de activismo, retratando las virtudes, flaquezas y disolución final de los grupos revolucionarios negros y blancos a manos de agentes del gobierno. El resultado es una notable contribución a la literatura negra estadounidense, que ya ocupa un lugar junto a la Autobiografía de Malcolm X y a las obras de Maya Angelou.
Please note: This audiobook is in Castilian Spanish.
Still Black, Still Strong is partly based upon the 1989 videotape Framing The Panthers by producers Chris Bratton and Annie Goldson. It recounts the stories of Dhoruba Bin Wahad, Mumia Abu-Jamal and Assata Shakur, all of whom were arrested and jailed during the COINTELPRO probe of the Black Panther Party.
Dhoruba Bin Wahad, who organized chapters of the Black Panther Party in New York and along the Estern Seaboard and worked with tenants in Harlem and on drug rehabilitation in the Bronx, was accused of murdering two officers while still in his teens and imprisoned for 19 years. He always maintained his innocence and won his freedom by forcing the FBI to release thousands of classified documents proving that he had been framed. The justice department eventually rescinded Bin Wahad's conviction and he was released in 1990, seven months after the documentary premiered.
Mumia Abu-Jamal, a journalist who headed the Black Panther free breakfast program for inner-city school children in Philadelphia, was also accused of the murder of an officer and sent on death-row, where he still is today.
Assata Shakur was a college educated social worker in her twenties when she was accused of shooting a cop, then arrested and tortured and denied medical treatment. Her interview was conducted in Cuba where she has been exiled since her escape from a New Jersey women's prison in 1975.
Bin Wahad, Shakur and Abu-Jamal offer a little-known history and an incisive analysis of the Black Panthers' original goals, which the U.S. Government has tried to distort and suppress. As one confidential, 1969, memo to J. Edgar Hoover put it, "The Negro youth and moderates must be made to understand that if they succumb to revolutionary teaching, they will be dead revolutionaries."
With writings by Angela Y. Davis, Aric McBay, Assata Shakur, Howard Zinn, Huey P. Newton, and Paco Ignacio Taibo II.
"The ideas that can and will sustain our movement for total freedom and dignity of the people cannot be imprisoned, for they are to be found in the people, all the people, wherever they are. As long as the people live by the ideas of freedom and dignity, there will be no prison that can hold our movement down.” ―Huey P. Newton
Defund the Police. Abolish Prisons. Refuse State Repression.
For Voices, Zinn & Arnove have selected testimonies to living history—speeches, letters, poems, songs—left by the people who make history happen, but who usually are underrepresented or misrepresented in history books: women, Native Americans, workers, blacks & Latinos. Zinn has written short introductions to the texts, which themselves range in length from letters or poems of less than a page to entire speeches & essays that run several pages & longer. Voices of a People’s History is a symphony of our nation’s original voices, rich in ideas & actions, an embodiment of the power of civil disobedience & dissent, wherein lies our nation’s true spirit of defiance & resilience.
Beloved historian & activist Howard Zinn is the author of the best-selling A People’s History of the United States & many other books, including The Zinn Reader (Seven Stories Press 2000), Artists in the Time of War (Seven Stories, 2003) & Terrorism & War (Seven Stories 2002).
Anthony Arnove is editor of Terrorism & War by Howard Zinn & Iraq Under Siege. An activist & contributor to ZNet, his work appears in The Nation, The Financial Times & Mother Jones. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
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