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In 2013 Assata Shakur, founding member of the Black Liberation Army, former Black Panther and godmother of Tupac Shakur, became the first ever woman to make the FBI's most wanted terrorist list.

Assata Shakur's trial and conviction for the murder of a white State Trooper in the spring of 1973 divided America. Her case quickly became emblematic of race relations and police brutality in the USA. While Assata's detractors continue to label her a ruthless killer, her defenders cite her as the victim of a systematic, racist campaign to criminalise and suppress black nationalist organisations.

This 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 candor, Assata recounts the 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.

A major contribution to the history of black liberation, destined to take its place alongside The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the works of Maya Angelou. Foreword written by Angela Davis.

©2017 Assata Shakur (P)2017 Audible, Ltd

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great book

I love the narrator. she made it seem like it was her story. the story itself was also amazing!

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Awesome

The first female author I have ever listened to from the civil rights era...she was one awesome sista!

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Knowledge is power


I can’t even begin to tell you what this book has done for me. All I can say at this point is I Understand. My history and my heritage has taken a turn and I want nothing more than to speak out against the unchanging circumstances my people are still facing today. I could cry to express what strength the words of Miss Assata Shakur has given me but I’d rather hold my fist in the air. ✊🏾

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Amazing!!!

This is an Exciting, Enlightening, Beautiful and Powerful Story! I loved every word. Power to the PEOPLE✊🏾 !

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A must read

I truly enjoyed this book. It helped me to see some things in a different light than I had before. I learned about the BPP and COINTELPRO, things I had been vaguely introduced to before. Assata's story have me insight into why she felt the way she did about everthing. It makes me want to learn more about other history as well! Loved it!

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The real History not taught in school

For potential readers:
This moving autobiography provided a much needed history lesson. That era is so clouded in lies and one sided, obvious, racist write ups that I'm ashamed to be just now digesting it was. Many parents from that era were still living in in post-revolution underground mode. That's why they never shared the complete picture.

Notes:
1. Raw revolution through out the book, if you want to remain sleep, this book is NOT for you
2. If you want to keep your children sleep, you MUST ban this book immediately and keep the news and the mainstream newsfeeds feeding them. or better yet, no news. You must feed them only industry controlled programming.
3. Cursing through out the book. Extract lessons and teach from there.
4. The only question is what to do now that we're woke? Sleep seems so much more intoxicating and blissful. hmmm...

For the author, and movement:
a. Thanks sister Assata. Thank you so much.
b. This textbook on revolution provided the needed case studies of what to do and not to do.
c. Thanks for the low down on The Party. No one talks about it with anything other than either glossed over reverence or disdain. and even then, only highlights.

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BLACK GIRL MAGIC

I loved every moment, the description of visiting with her daughter at 4 years was heart wrenching.

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Wow!!!

This was one of the best books I've ever purchased here on audible!! To be able to hear her side of the horrific events was quite refreshing. I've got a vast selection on here but this book will be hard to top!!

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Love!

One of my favorite books! I just wish it would've been her voice. Her story empowers others and also gives hope! Much love to Queen Assata!

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It's time for you to explore your history.

This is an amazing account of one woman's struggle against injustice and how the law is used to railroad people of color.

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  • anna
  • 05-19-18

an important read

so glad I read this. all due to online book club #becauseweveread. I learned so much from her story, and I'm so happy she's finally be able to tell it.

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  • Addy
  • 12-02-18

What happened after at the end

this book has a fantastic start, but jumps across big periods of time at the end, desperate for more details

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-27-18

one of the best books I listen to this year.

I recommend this book.
Griping beyond words, I could have listened to another 100 hours.

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  • Kimberley Green
  • 10-14-18

The unforgettable struggle of a formidable woman.

I loved the audibook. The interwoven narratives of Assata's childhood and life and struggles as an adult were creatively brought to life by the narrator.

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  • Marc T
  • 04-11-18

fabulous

each black history month should start with the injustice and the struggle of our people to show there's no success without pain.

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  • 12-21-17

Total eye opener

Great and moving history of a struggle that should not be forgotten. Stays with you

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  • Leaf
  • 12-18-17

Those that inspire

The ones i recognize are hard to characterize but all their voices harmonize.

They are the ones in which rationalize and analyze,

seeking to organize in order to mobilize,

Fight for change that can modernize and equalize.

They are the ones who sought to decriminalize many whom are stigmatized those who were once colonized and yet continue to exist as a target to demonize and capitalize.

Those whom i recognize have the ability to empathize, There is no compromise as they live to civilize and humanize those who threaten a world in which my idols sought and seek to stabilize,

These are the ones i idolize, those you should recognize and familiarize as we live in a world in which the media seek to normalize, making us desensitize against the police that militarize as they legitimize their power to brutalize.

Some seek to destabilize in order to seek change to revolutionize.

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  • Erzulie
  • 11-15-17

The most beautiful story about the black revolutionary struggle

Stunningly written and narrated autobiography of Assata Shakur that speaks to feminist, womanist, and black revolutionary sensibilities. The narrative flits between Assata's past and her journey from childhood and her various incarceral experiences as an adult. A damning indictment of the prison-industrial complex and institutional racism in America. Although written in the '80s, it is still very relevant to our times.

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  • Charlott
  • 09-02-18

A very important book

I found this book to be an amazing listen. It is such an important part of history to be told and read.

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  • Rochelle
  • 09-24-18

Everyone should hear this!

This book provides a stark reality for people of colour growing up in the 70s which unfortunately holds true today. Such an important, passionate book and brilliantly narrated.