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February Book Club Meet-Up

February's Book – Assata…an Autobiography by Assata Shakur  

On May 2, 1973, 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. 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 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.

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  • Tamara

    Ladies, thank you for the kind words and support. I appreciate you thinking of me and my family during this difficult time. Take care and see you soon. Tamara

    February 9, 2014

  • Laci

    I'm sorry for the last minute change. Have fun ladies!

    February 7, 2014

  • La'Tia

    Tamara, I will be praying for your family during this difficult time. God bless.

    February 6, 2014

  • Tamara

    Ladies, my grandmother has passed. I will not attend this Saturday as hoped. Hope to see you next month.

    February 5, 2014

    • Markita

      Tamara, So sorry to hear. My heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time. You are in my prayers.

      February 5, 2014

    • Prudence B

      ... ... God's house is a lovely home for her. May your days to come have warmth and love from near and a far... I truly understand.

      February 5, 2014

  • Nichole

    I may still come but might be having work done at my house. So hopefully I can still make it

    February 4, 2014

  • Nakia G.

    I wanted to share in the conversation, but Henderson's birthday celebration is at the same day and time. :(

    hope to see you all sooner rather than later.

    1 · January 24, 2014

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