Assata Shakur was born in New York on July 16, 1947. Her birth name was Joanne Deborah Chesimard, but she changed her name to Assata Shakur in 1971. The reason she gave the name change was that she had need a name that reflects his state of feeling more like an African woman than a European, as his name is depicted. Shakur is a revolutionary African American woman who has been a fugitive in Cuba for over 30 years. She is the godmother of the late Tupac Shakur and was a member of a group known as the Black Panther.
Brief revolutionary history
During the late 1960s, Shakur joined the Black Panthers Group. At the time she was in his 20. Baffled by the implementation of the vision by the group, he left and joined the Black Liberation Army (BLA). The BLA was another rebellious black organization. The group believed in the exercise of open resistance.
Murder charges against Shakur
Shakur and two members of the BLA were dragged by state soldiers on May 2, 1973. There must have been a misunderstanding that led to the death of a BLA member and a state soldier named Werner Foerster. Having been on the scene, the police insisted that Shakur was responsible for the murder of Mr. Foerster. In fact, the police shot her twice before arresting her and taking her to court. She was charged with murder and six charges of assault. The verdict of the court was life imprisonment. However, Shakur has always claimed to be innocent of all charges.
Shakur escaped from the 1979 prison with the help of BLA members who pretended to be guests. Later, she fled to Cuba, a country often accused of hosting African-American Americans accused of “political crimes” or “domestic terrorism”. In addition to Shakur, other Black Panthers who resided in Cuba include Raymond Johnson, Eldridge Cleaver and Huey Newton. It is interesting to note that in 1984 Fidel Castro granted Shakur a kindergarten.
He asks for extradition
Shakur was the first black woman to create the 2013 FBI list of the most wanted terrorists 10. In fact, a $ 2 million reward was promised for her arrest. However, many politicians have sought his extradition from Cuba for many years. One of these politicians is Governor Chris Christie of the State of New Jersey and, more recently, President Donald Trump.
The future of Assata Shakur
Assata Shakur seems to be one of the favorite black icons of hip-hop. Songs like “A Song for Assata” and “Rebel Without A Pause” from the singing groups of Common and Public Enemy were composed in honor of Shakur. Suffice it to say that President Donald Trump is now interested in his case. It is not clear what the future holds for Shakur. It would be a great honor for her to return home after many years of American inaction.