Assata Shakur is a former member of the Black Liberation Army. In 1977, she was convicted of the murder of a New Jersey State Trooper in a trial that her supporters argue was unfair. While serving a life sentence for the murder she escaped from prison in 1979.
After her escape, Shakur lived as a fugitive for several years. The FBI circulated wanted posters throughout the New York-New Jersey area; her supporters hung "Assata Shakur is Welcome Here" posters in response. In New York, three days after her escape, more than 5,000 demonstrators organized by the National Black Human Rights Coalition carried signs with the same slogan. At the rally, a statement from Shakur was circulated condemning U.S. prison conditions and calling for an independent "New Afrikan" state.
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