Assata Shakur Biography
(American Political Activist and Member of the Black Liberation Army Who Was Convicted in the First-Degree Murder)
Birthday: July 14, 1947 (Cancer)
Born In: New York, New York, United States
Assata Olugbala Shakur is an American ex-member of the ‘Black Liberation Army,’ murder convict, and fugitive, who is on the ‘Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) list of most-wanted terrorists, as “Joanne Deborah Chesimard” (marriage surname). She is also known as the "godmother" or "stepaunt" of the fatally shot American rapper and actor Tupac Shakur, known for his activism against inequality. Assata became associated with political activism during college and adopted the name “Assata Shakur” following her graduation. She was a member of the ‘Black Panther Party’ for sometime before joining the ‘Black Liberation Army,’ which ran campaigns to take up arms against the US Government, for freedom and self-determination of black people in the country. Eventually, Assata became a prominent figure of the organization and faced several charges, including those of murder, attempted murder, kidnapping, bank robbery, and armed robbery. She was convicted of the murder of trooper Werner Foerster and seven other felonies during a New Jersey Turnpike shootout. She managed to flee from prison while serving life imprisonment. She currently lives in Cuba. She had relocated to Cuba 3 decades ago and was given political asylum.