This book presents the life story of African American revolutionary, Shakur, previously known as JoAnne Chesimard.
In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother to Tupac Shakur became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted list.
Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murder of a white state trooper in 1973 divided America and her case became emblematic of race relations and police brutality in the US.
This is an 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 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.
This autobiogrpahy is a major contribution to the history of black liberation in the same vein as the autobiographies of Malcolm X and Maya Angelou.