5 Things You Should Know About Assata Shakur
2. Shakur has an incredible amount of supporters decades after her arrest. Most believe her fate was decided by a corrupt political system post-Civil Rights. A number of experts argue that sustained interest in the case is linked to white America’s guilt over its racist past. She is considered a revolutionary by Cuba, whose government provides her living expenses.
In 1998, she read an open letter to Pope John Paul II, who was asked by FBI to extradite her during his visit to Havana.