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We will be discussing renowned Black Panther organizer Assata Shakur’s Autobiography. Shakur worked for black liberation in the 60s and 70s. We will be digging deeper into how the United States has viewed and treated activists of color, and examining the strength and resiliency of black and brown movements for change.
From Google Reads: “44 years ago this month, Black Panther Assata Shakur lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to her bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question her about the shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike that had claimed the life of a white state trooper. Long a target of J. Edgar Hoover’s campaign to defame, infiltrate, and criminalize Black nationalist organizations and their leaders, Shakur was incarcerated for four years prior to her conviction on flimsy evidence in 1977 as an accomplice to murder. This intensely personal and political autobiography belies her fearsome image 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.”
Grab a copy at your nearest library branch or bookstore and join us on May 22! As always, there will be serious noshes provided.