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Eighth Annual Freedom Dance celebrates Assata Shakur

Cyril Josh Barker | 11/3/2016, 9:34 a.m.
The eighth annual Freedom Dance is set to take place at the National Black Theatre (2031 Fifth Ave.) in Harlem ...
Assata Shakur

The eighth annual Freedom Dance is set to take place at the National Black Theatre (2031 Fifth Ave.) in Harlem Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Featuring music by DJ Lumumba (aka Revolution) and DJ Obah, the Freedom Dance honors men and women who are political prisoners. All proceeds go to the support of political prisoners held captive in the United States.

Every Freedom Dance celebrates exiled Assata Shakur; Nov. 2 marks the 37th year of her liberation.

May 2, 1973, state troopers on the New Jersey State Turnpike stopped Shakur and two other members of the Black Panther Party. Surviving two gunshot wounds, Shakur was charged with the murder of a trooper. Six years later, Nov. 2, 1979, she escaped from New Jersey’s Clinton Correctional Facility and has been living in exile ever since.

May 2, 2005, the FBI classified her as a “domestic terrorist,” offering a $1 million reward for her capture. Three years ago, Shakur was placed on the Most Wanted Terrorist list and the bounty was increased to $2 million.

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. and a donation of $20 is being asked. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.