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Assata Shakur

By Zaynab

My name is Assata Olugbala Shakur. In May 1973, I was arrested after being wounded in a shoot out on the New Jersey Turnpike.

I was born to Joanne Deborah Byron in Flushing, Queens to live for three years with my mother, schoolteacher Doris E. Johnson. When I was younger ,I used to help my grandparents in restaurants and on a beach. I spent most of my time reading. I attended Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) and then the City College of New York.I lived with my mother school teacher Doris E. Johnson, and retired grandparents, Lula and Frank Hill.

In May 1973, I was arrested after being wounded in a shoot-out. I don't remember much. I felt hurt. I've gotten beaten and denied medical attention after being arrested. I got arrested with Werner Forester and James Harper and BLM members Sundiata Acoli and Zayd Malik Shakur. I was charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery, and kidnapping.The only reasons I robbed the banks was for the BLM.

In 1977, she was convicted in the first-degree murder of state trooper Werner Foerster during a shoot-out on the New Jersey Turnpike. I was charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery, and kidnapping.

I joined a black students group called The Society of Golden Drums, where I met my husband, Louis Chesimard. I even changed my hair and dress to reflect my African roots.

By Zaynab

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