Episode 31: Assata: An Autobiography
Book: Assata by Assata Shakur
Guests: Pat Frazier & Imani Council
Host: Page May
A former member of the Black Panther Party and political prisoner, Assata's words still bring hope & guidance to many in today's freedom struggle. This intensely personal and political autobiography has been and continues to be a landmark text in many young Black peoples' politicization. With incredible wit and poetry, Assata recounts her life growing up and the experiences that led her to a life of radical organizing. On this episode, we interview two young Black women about the ongoing lessons they have learned from Assata.
Pat and Imani are organizers with Assata's Daughters. At the time of the recording, they were both members in Assata University, a year-long political education program for Black teens in & around Washington Park, and Pat was a member of the Youth Leaders Circle where they and other teen leaders met weekly to organize campaigns and projects.
- What experiences and conditions led Assata to become the revolutionary we know & love today?
- Where does the "it is our duty to fight for our freedom" mantra come from?
- What can we learn from Assata's life and struggles to apply to our current movements?
- Why is Assata a role model to so many?