Why Iz the FBI Still Chasing Black Panther Assata Shakur?

Moorbey'z Blog

By Tshepo Mokoena

Image via New Jersey Department of Corrections

Activist Assata Shakur is lying low. Somewhere in Cuba, the 67-year-old African American—bornJoAnne Chesimard—is still hiding out, 40 years after she was branded a fugitive. Shakur was a prominent female member of the Black Panthers and the Black Liberation Army, and became the subject of a nationwide manhunt after she was named the prime suspect for a string of bank robberies and “execution-style” murders of New York City police officers in the early 70s.

Shakur was eventually apprehended on the New Jersey Turnpike in 1973. A routine roadside check by state troopers Werner Foerster and James Harper turned into a gun battle that left two out of five people dead and a whole lot of unanswered questions about who was responsible. Traveling in a car with Zayd Shakur (born James Coston) and Sundiata Acoli (born

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