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Freedom Dance celebrates Assata Shakur and other political prisoners

11/2/2017, 1:54 p.m.
The Ninth Annual Freedom Dance is taking place Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the National Black ...
Assata Shakur

The Ninth Annual Freedom Dance is taking place Saturday, Nov. 4, from 8 p.m. to midnight at the National Black Theatre (2031 Fifth Ave. at 126th Street, Harlem). The celebration marks the 38th anniversary of the exile of Black liberation fighter Assata Shakur.

The event also honors other political prisoners with all proceeds going to the support of those held captive in the United States.

On 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 one of the state troopers. Six years later, on Nov. 2, 1979, she escaped from New Jersey’s Clinton Correctional Facility and has been living in exile since her escape.

In 2005, the FBI classified Shakur as a domestic terrorist, placing a $1 million reward for her capture. The reward increased to $2 million in 2013 and she was placed on the Most Wanted Terrorist List.

President Donald Trump has demanded her extradition from Cuba.

Call 917-415-5653 for more information.