For years, Assata Shakur has been regarded as the patron saint of Black rebellion. Shakur, a proud member of the Black Panther Party, would go on to found the Black Liberation Army as a means of defending both herself and her people from the Empire. In the wake of the revival of a modern COINTELPRO, Shakur has become a hotly contested cultural figure and model for modern-day activists. Throughout this talk, local organizer, Devonn Thomas, will trace Assata Shakur’s life connecting it to revolutions of the 21st century. Thomas will weave in discussion of abolition with movements including the 2014 Ferguson Uprising and related contemporary revolutionary moments. This event fits into the theme of migrants and migration because it will discuss the growing movement to Abolish ICE as a necessary response to growing xenophobia.
The event will be in the Busch Student Center Room 253B.