Today marks 37 years since legendary activist Assata Shakur escaped prison

Today marks 37 years since members of the Black Liberation Army helped activist Assata Shakur escape the Clinton Correctional Facility for Women in New Jersey.

In 1973, Shakur was involved in a shootout with two New Jersey troopers. One of the troopers along with a Black Liberation Army member, Zayd Malik Shakur, were killed. Shakur was shot twice in the arm. She was convicted of first degree murder even though evidence proved she was innocent. Shakur was a prominent member of the Black Panther Party and various social movements so the she was under FBI watch.She spent 6 1/2 years in prison until her comrades helped her escape on Nov 2nd, 1979. In 1984, she fled to Cuba where she was granted political asylum.

Since May 2, 2005, the FBI has classified her as a domestic terrorist and offered a $1 million reward for assistance in her capture because they ain’t shit! Kudos to Cuba for keeping her safe.

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