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Assata Shakur Liberated From Prison 32 Years Ago Today

One of the boldest and most successful, though rarely publicized, reactions against oppression in recent times occurred a little over 3 decades ago when Tupac’s godmother – Queen Mother Assata Olugbala Shakur – was freed from being held captive in a United Snakes concentration camp, on November 2nd 1979.

During the earlier part of that decade, as an active member of the progressive Black Panther Party and its paramilitary arm – the B.L.A. (Black Liberation Army), the woman formerly known as JoAnn Byron-Chesimard, assisted in clothing, educational and food drives within many dilapidated communities, in efforts to help empower the everyday people.

As a result, she was targeted by the F.B.I.’s ‘COINTELPRO’ agenda and accused of committing a slew of violent acts, including… armed robbery, bank heist, kidnapping, attempted murder and murder. Shakur was tagged by investigators as being (more…)