Shakur, Assata (Chesimard, Joanne Deborah Bryon) July 16, Born in Queens, New York [1], Joanne Deborah Bryon, a nationalist and activist, spent her. Assata has ratings and reviews. Rowena said: This was a brilliant autobiography about an amazing and resilient woman. I’ve heard Assata Shakur.. . Assata Shakur was born on July 14, in New York City, New York, USA as Joanne Deborah Byron. She is an actress, known for Fred Baker- filmmaker.

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An Autobiography by Assata Shakur. On May 2,Black Panther Assata Shakur aka JoAnne Chesimard lay in a hospital, close to death, handcuffed to adsata bed, while local, state, and federal police attempted to question asszta 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 Blac On May 2,Black Panther Assata Shakur aka JoAnne Chesimard 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.

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 as an accomplice to murder.

This intensely personal and political autobiography belies the fearsome image of JoAnne Chesimard long projected by the media and the state. 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 ibography 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. Paperbackpages. Published November 1st by Chicago Review Press first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Assataplease sign up. The mistake revolutionist each individual person make, is standing out. If you want to make change, be a part of the whole dollar!

You can not force change from the outside in, but effective change, without sacrificing your life, takes sssata from the inside, out! They are alive and stick get heard. They live, openly and are not hunted. Toni Mariani Still get heard! See 1 question about Assata…. Lists with This Book. Jun 27, Syakur rated it it was amazing Shelves: Asssta was a brilliant autobiography about an amazing and resilient woman.

This is one of the most riveting books I shhakur ever read. I experienced so many emotions when reading this book. For the first part of th This was a brilliant autobiography about an amazing and resilient woman. For the first part of the book, the main emotion was disgust and shock, firstly at the police brutality Assata experienced it was very aszata to read some of the graphic scenesand also at the American judicial system which was clearly racist.

Her writing has her genuine and authentic voice and her story is biogrraphy.

She has such a brilliant sense of humour. The whole book was very readable and informative. Nobody could look that corny.

The book made me question why the world is seemingly pushing for homogeneity when cultural diversity is a lot more interesting. I also wish she had included how she had escaped from prison.

Yes, race is a huge part of it but capitalism is also talked about a lot and I think her insights into the system are very useful and enlightening. Culture — Assata Shakur I must confess that waltzes do not move me. I have no sympathy for symphonies.


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I guess I hummed the Blues too early, and spent too many midnights out wailing to the rain. View all 15 comments. Feb 28, beau rated it it was amazing Shelves: By Assata Shakur i believe in living. In windmills and waterfalls, tricycles and rocking chairs; And i believe that seeds grow into sprouts. And sprouts grow into trees.

Assata: An Autobiography

And in the wisdom of the eyes. And in the blood of infinity. And i have seen the death parade march through the torso of the earth, sculpting mud bodies in its p i believe in living. And i have seen the death parade march through the torso of the earth, sculpting mud bodies in its path i have seen the destruction of the daylight and seen bloodthirsty maggots prayed to and saluted i have seen the kind become the blind and the blind become the bind in one easy lesson.

Handcuffed by the haters. Gagged by the greedy. And, if i know anything at all, it’s that a wall is just a wall and nothing more at all. It can be broken down. And i believe that a lost ship, steered by tired, seasick sailors, can still be guided home to port.

Sep 09, Aubrey rated it it was amazing Shelves: The issue with deriving the majority of knowledge I deem of worth from Tumblr is the all too often reactionary invalidation coupled with my intake. I’m getting better, but until I can fully shake off the refuse of a previous generation’s standards of evaluation, works like these that put those posts down on paper are a gift.

Assata Shakur is alive. It doesn’t take much time to say, but the context of connection between the revolutionary days before my time and my now of tanks in Ferguson and parallels between the Berlin Wall and the Palestine-Israel barriers is invaluable. Not only is she living proof of how far the United States needs to go before I’ll even begin to contemplate an inkling of “trust”, here in this autobiography she is candid, she is funny, she is intelligent and brave and strong beyond belief.

While I read The Autobiography of Malcolm Xthere is a difference between reading the words of a dead man and those of a living woman both on socially constructed and biologically factual constructed grounds. Simply put, as a woman, I found more to relate to, and connections such as these in any intersectional social justice context are worth the world.

Assata Shakur

The most obvious examples of this are biological. Assata Shakur saved herself from a gang rape by affluent boys at the age of thirteen by threatening to tear apart the main perpetrator’s house and get him in trouble with his parents. She also became pregnant and gave birth while incarcerated during her many trials, and wrote about the experience with such beautiful insight into both the reality of her situation and the strength of her hope for the future that I recommend it to all.

Her being a black woman also worked in more implicit ways by deconstructing the cult of masculinity often coupled to civil rights movements. Everywhere in her autobiography is emphasis on solidarity, love, and commitment to any and all in the mutual struggle, shkur every sociopolitical tract concerning human rights could learn from. In addition to detailing her life and development of social consciousness, Shakur gives some asssata important points of advice on how to engage in social justice measures.

My first favorite of these was her statement that revolutionaries need to constantly engage with the people, as those on the sidelines who are not informed by the revolutionaries will always be indoctrinated by the white-washing school and the fear-mongering state.

Seeing as how I keep track of events in Ferguson via Twitter and Tumblr due to the distortions of media blackouts, I can attest to this in full. Another favorite was her decrying of social justice people “fixing” things for others, when the right way of supporting those in different situations is to be receptive to their ideas, have faith in their abilities, and offer aid only when asked.


Patriarchal methods of teacher and student will not tear down the patriarchy so long as the teacher is always the teacher biorgaphy the student is always the student. I did find it odd that, after all this great material, that Shakur went back and emphasized how the revolutionary struggle must be scientific in order to avoid emotional compromise, in other words emphasizing the very “objectivity” preached by every tendril of the patriarchy.

After some reflection, my thoughts are that this was bioyraphy condemnation of the suicidal violence mentality she encountered during her time in the Black Panther Party. It’s the only way that makes sense to me, as what Bilgraphy love about Shakur is her constant biogrphy of assataa, of communication, of a fundamental “emotional” grounding of sociopolitical thought that is the antithesis of the ever abusive and ever splintering patriarchy. If I ever get the chance to meet her, I’ll have to ask her about it.

This book is also chock-full of historical tidbits you’ll never biovraphy in any classroom. Along with all the bioggraphy and college movements I’ll have to look into in the future, this was the first time I had ever heard of the Occupation of Alcatraz. View all 3 comments. Assata Shakur’s conviction in a joke of a trial for a murder she clearly did not commit has not been reversed.

She escaped from prison and she lives in Cuba, still biogralhy fugitive.

The story of how the hell this outrage came about and above all persists is necessary because it outlines so lucidly how the white supremacist capitalist state biogrraphy opposes the struggles for liberation and justice and simply peaceful survival of African American people at all costs, whatever politicians say. Aside from Assata Shakur’s conviction in a joke of a trial for a murder she clearly did not commit has not been reversed.

Aside from what the trial demonstrates though, Assata’s story is precious to me because she’s an extraordinary woman, so intelligent, clear sighted and candid, and such a fine raconteur, alternating chapters on her intriguing early life with the horrific account of her incarceration so that I was constantly perched on the edge of my seat.

She also seasons both with her blazingly beautiful poetry. Her stormy temper, huge capacity for love and gift for articulating oppression all increase her vulnerability in the biohraphy circumstances, but also her story’s appeal and my admiration for her There’s also a fascinating flavour here of the strands of Black Power movement and mood in Black USian communities in the late 60s and early 70s.

The political climate was extremely hostile and the police behaved lawlessly, but Assata’s narrative gives the impression of loosely united activism and awakening resistance among a wider population socialised into believing white supremacist memes about blackness. Her own growing oppositional knowledge combined with tenacity and confidence make her a superb organiser and speaker, but her radical activities consist principally of running Black Panther breakfasts for kids and teaching remedial maths and literacy.

This is an autobiography of someone whose very self-respect is outlawed, who is denied recognition as a woman she was repeatedly incarcerated in male prisonswho has been quite absurdly painted as a violent extremist by a media evidently in thrall to state racism. For Assata, singled out to be made a cautionary example, the personal is exhaustingly, tortuously political. At the end of the book, she reflects on racial dynamics in Cuba, an environment by no means utopian, but certainly full of love and hope.

I mean no disrespect by using the author’s first name, I just love this chosen name, meaning ‘she who struggles’ View all 6 comments. Sep 18, Calvin rated it it was amazing.