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Assata Shakur

by Kevin “Rashid” Johnson

Every little girl

Should know her name,

From the bowels of

Repression and calamity she came.

Wrung poetic lyrics

Of love from raw pain,

From a system designed to break

She remained untamed.

Gave herself over wholly

To our freedom fight,

So the pigs tried to assassinate her

That night.

On the Jersey Turnpike

Alongside Zayed,

Who they actually slayed

And Sundiata fled.

Shot her point blank

Hands up don’t shoot,

Her will to live for the people

Embedded limbs to root.

A true comrade sista

She survived the impossible,

Brutal abuse neglect

Even by pigs in the hospital.

Where they beat her tortured her

Even threatened rape,

But she clung to life

Endured racist hate.

A continuation of a long train

Of fighting oppression,

From the earliest age

She learned the lessons.

Of resistance

Of persistence

Of never giving in,

Of daring to struggle

Of deserving to win.

Organized with the Panthers

Resisted chauvinist men,

Recognized our fight

Was for the future our children.

For the armed struggle

She was all the way down,

Joined the Black Liberation Army

Fought in the underground.

They put her in a men’s prison

Thought it would break her will,

But it made her stronger

Turned her mind to steel.

Where she molded it

Honed it made it razor sharp,

So her wit would sit

Level with her heart.

Every effort to stop her

Was doomed to fail,

Conceived a beautiful child

From inside a cell.

She embodied the thing

Slavers most fear,

The will to war

To protect our kids.

They thought a cell would stop her

But it wasn’t to be,

The love of the people

Set her free.

And surpassed borders

To the Cuba isle,

Where she found asylum

To live free in exile.

The meaning of her name

Fits her to the core

“She who struggles”

Assata Shakur

Send our Brother some love and light: Kevin “Rashid” Johnson, 1007485, Sussex 1, 24414 Musselwhite Dr., Waverly, VA 23891. See more of his work at; IG @ribpp