Assata: An Autobiography
With her hands raised on a New Jersey turnpike, Assata Shakur (godmother of Tupac) was shot by state troopers, claiming that she was firing back at them. Court evidence demonstrated her hands were raised in surrender across seven trials, but a racist system, fearing black radicals, imprisoned Assata. She escaped, and sought asylum in Cuba, where she wrote this memoir. It's an intensely personal autobiography, full of wit and candor. She talks about why she chose a life of activism and talks about the rise and eventual demise of groups that she was involved with. Vital reading.
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