| massive happy b(earth)day salutations to the great #assataolugbalashakur (born #joannedeborahbyron whose married name was chesimard), the #activist & member of the former #blackpantherparty (#bpp) & #blackliberationarmy (#bla). between #1971 & #1973 she was accused of several crimes & was the subject of a multi-state manhunt. in may of '73, she was involved in a shootout on the #newjerseyturnpike, in which she was accused of killing new jersey #statetrooper werner foerster & grievously assaulting trooper james harper. #blackliberation member #zaydmalikshakur was also killed in the incident. #assata (#assatashakur) was wounded. between 1973 & 1977, she was indicted in relation to six other incidents. she was charged w/ murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, bank robbery & kidnapping, resulting in three acquittals & three dismissals. in #1977, she was convicted of the first-degree murder of foerster & of seven other felonies related to the shootout. she was incarcerated in several prisons in #the70s. she escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to #cuba in #1984 after living as a fugitive for a few years, and received political asylum. She has been living in cuba ever since. since 2 may 2oo5, the fbi has classified her as a domestic terrorist & offered a $1 million reward for assistance in her capture. on may 2, 2o13, the fbi added her to the most #wanted terrorist list; the first woman to be listed. on the same day, the new jersey attorney general offered to match the fbi reward, increasing the total reward for her capture to $2 million. in 1998, she referred to herself as a 2o'th century escaped #slave. for the audio version of a bit of this check '#asongforassata' off #likewaterforchocolate by rapper #common (@common). for a more detailed version, pick up a book. it's a good one to read. assata shakur is the #blackexcellence.