Assata Shakur
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July 16, 1947 (age 75)

Assata Olugbala Shakur is a former member of the Black Liberation Army , who was convicted in the first-degree murder of State Trooper Werner Foerster during a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. Shakur is wanted by the FBI and there is a $2 million reward for her apprehension.Born in Flushing, Queens, she grew up in New York City and Wilmington, North Carolina. After she ran away from home several times, her aunt, who would later act as one of her lawyers, took her in. She became involved in political activism at Borough of Manhattan Community College and City College of New York. After graduation, she began using the name Assata Shakur, and briefly joined the Black Panther Party. She then joined the BLA, a loosely knit offshoot of the Black Panthers, which engaged in an armed struggle against the US government through tactics such as robbing banks and killing police officers and drug dealers.Between 1971 and 1973, she was charged with several crimes and was the subject of a multi-state manhunt. In May 1973, Shakur was arrested after being wounded in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike. Also involved in the shootout were New Jersey State Troopers Werner Foerster and James Harper and BLA members Sundiata Acoli and Zayd Malik Shakur. State Trooper Harper was wounded; Zayd Shakur was killed; State Trooper Foerster was killed. Between 1973 and 1977, Shakur was charged with murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery, and kidnapping in relation to the shootout and six other incidents. She was acquitted on three of the charges and three were dismissed. In 1977, she was convicted of the murder of State Trooper Foerster and of seven other felonies related to the 1973 shootout. Her defense had argued medical evidence suggested her innocence since her arm was damaged in the shootout.

Assata Shakur
Photograph taken in 1977
JoAnne Deborah Byron

(1947-07-16) July 16, 1947 (age 74)[a]
Known forMurder conviction, one of the FBI's "Most Wanted Terrorists", friend of Afeni Shakur and Mutulu Shakur and often described as their son Tupac Shakur's "godmother" or "step-aunt"[2]
Criminal statusEscaped
Louis Chesimard
(m. 1967; div. 1970)
Children1 (Kakuya Shakur)
AllegianceBlack Liberation Army (1970/1–1981)
Black Panther Party (1970)
  • First degree murder
  • Second degree murder (later dismissed)
  • Atrocious assault and battery
  • Assault and battery against a police officer
  • Assault with a dangerous weapon
  • Assault with intent to kill
  • Illegal possession of a weapon
  • Armed robbery (bank)
Criminal penaltyLife sentence
Reward amount
Capture status
Wanted by
EscapedNovember 2, 1979;
42 years ago
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Shakur was convicted of multiple additional crimes, including bank robbery, kidnapping, and murder, in addition to her role in the infamous 1973 New Jersey Turnpike state policeman killing.

Assata Shakur Family life


Born JoAnne Deborah Byron, she spent her childhood in both New York City and Wilmington, North Carolina. She married a Mr. Chesimard and gave birth to a daughter named Kakuya.


Assata Shakur Before Fame


She became an active member of the Black Panther Party and the violent Black Liberation Army after attending both Borough of Manhattan Community College and City College of New York.

Assata Shakur Trivia


At one point, she spurred a national FBI manhunt; later, after escaping from a New Jersey prison and subsequently being granted asylum in Cuba, she was designated a terrorist by the F.B.I. In the late 1980s, she published a book titled Assata: An Autobiography.


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One of her defense attorneys, William Kunstler , was known for representing high-profile and controversial clients.

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Facts About Assata Shakur


● Assata Shakur was born on July 16, 1947 (age 75) in New York, United States
● She is a celebrity criminal
● Her the best movie is Assata aka Joanne Chesimard
● Her popular book is Assata: An Autobiography
● She had 1 child Kakuya Shakur

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