BHM: Do you Know Who This Important Figure in Black Herstory Is?

Today is your second chance to win a gift certificate to Powell’s Bookstore, hopefully to buy a book about black women’s history.

The Contest: The first person to correctly identify the woman pictured below and her significance to black herstory wins a $20 gift certificate to Powell’s Books

The Time Frame: you have until 12pm Monday 2/22/10 to guess (even if some else has already guessed before you, weigh in, because you never know who will get the most accurate info)

The Hint: Her speech about the hypocrisy of N. American racism and its connections to slavery, civil rights, and the prison industrial complex aired on independent and some major radio stations across N. America in the summer of 1973.

Do You Know Who this Important Figure in Black Herstory is?

Assata Shakur

The Winner: Sasha for her answer “Assata Shakur, who is a political activist and a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. She was forced into political exile because the United States government falsely convicted of her of shooting a New Jersey police officer.” (full BHM bio forthcoming)

8 thoughts on “BHM: Do you Know Who This Important Figure in Black Herstory Is?

  1. A little more about Angela Davis: She was a Black Panther and a Communist, she was on the FBI’s most wanted list for a time, and then the charges were dropped. She ran for US vice president in 1980.

  2. It is Assata Shakur, who is a political activist and a former member of the Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army. She was forced into political exile because the United States government falsely convicted of her of shooting a New Jersey police officer.

  3. Assata Olugbala Shakur (gov’t name: Joanne Deborah Byron- Chesimard)

    Sasha got it right tho. Her autobiography is a must-read (Assata). She is now a political exile in Cuba.

  4. We have a winner! Sasha. (Please send in your address, I will keep private, so Powell’s knows where to send the gift certificate)

    @Kamilah good guess; Davis was Shakur’s contemporary and even wrote the intro to her first book. She too writes about the P.I.C. & was talking about it in the 1970s as part of her own unjust encounters.

    Everyone who said it was Assata Shakur is correct; I will do a full BHM bio on her by tomorrow’s end, feel free to chime in with info!!!

      • just put it in a comment to this post; comments are on approval so no one will see it. When I get it, I will pass it on to Powell’s and delete the comment, so no chance of anyone finding out where you live. If you prefer you can DM me on twitter @profsusurro

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