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Assata: An Autobiography

by Assata Shakur - £8.99  Zed Books Ltd (2014)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9781783601783 | ISBN 10: 1783601787

In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted terrorist list.
 
Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murder of a white state trooper in the spring of 1973 divided America. Her case quickly became emblematic of race relations and police brutality in the USA. While Assata's detractors continue to label her a ruthless killer, her defenders cite her as the victim of a systematic, racist campaign to criminalize and suppress black nationalist organizations.
 
This intensely personal and political autobiography reveals a sensitive and gifted woman, far from the fearsome image of her that is projected by the powers that be. With wit and candour Assata recounts the formative experiences that led her to embrace a life of activism. With pained awareness she portrays the strengths, weaknesses and eventual demise of black and white revolutionary groups at the hands of the state.
 
A major contribution to the history of black liberation, destined to take its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou.

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In booklists: Black American Women, Black America, Women's Activism, Political Memoirs and Biographies,
In categories: Feminism & Women, History & Biography, World - North America, Black, Asian & Other Diasporas, Changing the World, Politics & Philosophy,

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