BY:LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
On September 8, 1954, Ruby Nell Bridges was born in Tylertown, Mississippi, to parents Lucille and Abon Bridges. At the age of four, her family would move to New Orleans, Louisiana.
When Ruby was six, her parents accepted a request by the N.A.A.C.P to allow Ruby to participate in a program to integrate New Orleans schools.
On November 14 1960, despite massive southern white racist backlash, Ruby Bridges would integrate William Frantz Elementary school. At the age of six, she would become the public face of desegregation in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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BY: LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
Assata Olugbala Shakur (born Joanne Deborah Byron) was born in Jamaica, Queens, New York, on the 16th of July 1947.
While attending the Borough of Manhattan Community College and later City College of New York, she would begin her political activism career, by getting involved in black student political activities, student sit-ins and various protests ( including anti-war protests).
After graduating from CCNY, she would join the Black Panther Party (BBP) and would eventually become a prominent member of the Harlem Branch of the BPP.
Eventually she would leave the Black Panther Party and would join the Black Liberation Army (BLA), which was an underground group created out of the backlash from the aggressive, racist,brutal and often times illegal practices from local Police and the FBI (Cointelpro), who infiltrated black political organizations and even took part in the assassinations of Black Panther Party leadership, including Fred Hampton, the Deputy Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party.
In 1973 Assata Shakur was allegedly involved in a shootout with police at a New Jersey turnpike, in which she was accused of killing New Jersey State trooper Werner Foerster and assaulting trooper James Harper.
In a four year period, from 1973-1977, Shakur would be indicted on six crimes, which included murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery and kidnapping. The result would be three dismissals and three acquittals.
In 1977 she would be convicted of the murder of Foerster and seven other felonies related to the turnpike shootout.
In the 1970’s Shakur would be incarcerated in several prisons. She would escape prison in 1979, eventually fleeing to Cuba, where she would be given political asylum.
The FBI currently has Shakur listed as a domestic terrorist and she has a 2 million dollar reward for her capture.
To this day Assata still insists she is innocent of all charges.
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FEBRUARY SHOULD NOT BE KEPT AS THE MONTH OF AFRICAN HISTORY
OUR GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS FROM ANCIENT NUBIA TO U.N.I.A OF MARCUS GARVEY
SHOULD NOT BE KEPT AS A MYSTERY
THE CONSEQUENCE TO DO SO
11 MONTHS OUT OF THE YEAR
HAVE BLACKS FEARING ALL THEY CAN ASPIRE TO GO IS INTO THE SPORTS, DRUG OR HOE GAME
AS OUR ANCESTORS TUBMAN, TO X, BOW THEIR HEAVENLY HEADS IN DREAD AND SHAME
SINCE THEY KNOW THE SYSTEM IS STILL BEING USED TO KEEP THE NEGRO YOUTH DUMB AND UNCOUTH
TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO CORPORATE EARNINGS
DEPOSITED IN CORPORATE PRISON BOOTHS!
-LEON KWASI KUNTUO-ASARE
AMERICA :DIVIDED WE STAND? !
VOLUME #2 : POETRY OF WE THE FORGOTTEN PEOPLE!
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