By Tala Khanmalek
Dedicated to Miss Sonja Roberts.
I believe in living.
I believe in birth.
I believe in the sweat of love
And in the fire of truth.”
I read Assata by Assata Shakur when I was 14 years old and it changed my life forever. Her autobiography offered me a historical context for my experiences and those of my immigrant family that I was not learning about in school. Most importantly, it offered me a critical vocabulary—of terms like racism, oppression, liberation, and revolutionary—to name what I had been feeling, but had no words to describe. It was through Shakur’s story that I began to…
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