This black activist's memoir is like a freeze frame of the late 1960s
and early 1970s. Though the polemical rhetoric is dated, the book is an
otherwise compelling tale of the impact of white racism on a sensitive
and powerful young black woman. Born Joanne Chesimard, she took an
African name to confirm her commitment to black liberation, joined
militant organizations, and was ultimately convicted of the murder of a
New Jersey highway patrol officer in 1977. Her descriptions of life in
prison and the vagaries of the court system are especially wrenching.
Living now in Cuba as an escaped felon, she continues her Utopian plea
for revolution. Anthony
O. Edmonds, Ball State Univ., Muncie, Ind.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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