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Assata by Assata Shakur
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Mar 26, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: mgr-book-of-the-month
Read from March 11 to 24, 2012

This book was an eye opener for me. I had no idea who Assata Shakur was before this book. I have heard about Angela Davis and other members of the Black Panther Party as well as the parties contributions to the communities they organized. But this was my first time hearing of her and I am so glad I read this book.
In the beginning of this book it took me a few minutes to get used to her writing style. Lower case "i" and lower cases for names and places she would never give the honor of upper casing the first letter. But once I got passed that I really enjoyed this book and all the lessons it held. Not just political lessons for which there were many, but history and life lessons as well.
There were a few parts in the book that were very preachy and left the reading thinking..."What was this chapter about again?" Her preachy parts are excellent and make a lot of sense, but I feel like they should be in the Afterwards or somewhere else. Not in the mist of telling us a story.
I would have loved to find out how she escaped prison and ended up in Cuba but I completely understand why she would not include that in the book.
In my opinion, this book should be on the required reading list for high school students to help them understand the history of the Black Panther Party as well as giving them more to the Civil Rights struggle than Martin Luther King.
Amazing woman and a good book!
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Unkle Frank Have you read Soledad Brother by George Jackson? Doooo it if you haven't :).

Alysia I will have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation.

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