Assata Shakur (born Joanne Deborah Byron Chesimard July 16, 1947 in New York City) was an activist in the US-based Black Panther Party and later the Black Liberation Army. She was granted political asylum in Cuba in 1984. Shakur remains a fugitive from New Jersey and the United States for her 1979 escape from prison. She had been incarcerated for the 1973 slaying of New Jersey State Police officer Werner Foerster in a gunfight following a traffic stop. She was also convicted of a second murder, for the death of fellow activist Zayd Shakur, who was also killed in the incident. -- from Wikipedia
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The Eyes of the Rainbow
IMDb entry for the 1997 documentary on Shakur.
The Story of Joanne Chesimard
Editorial from NJ Lawman with 1973 gun battle and encouraging Shakur's extradition. (May 01, 2003)
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