Santi Elijah Holley
Breht to discuss his book "An
Amerikan Family: The Shakurs and the Nation They Created
over fifty years, the Shakurs have inspired generations of
activists, scholars, and music fans. Many people are only familiar
with Assata Shakur, the popular author and thinker, living for
three decades in Cuban exile; or the late rapper Tupac. But the
branches of the Shakur family tree extend widely, and the roots
reach into the most furtive and hidden depths of the underground.
Whether founding one of the most notorious Black Panther chapters
in the country, spearheading community-based healthcare, or
engaging in armed struggle with systemic oppression, the Shakurs
were at the forefront.
Drawing from hundreds of hours of
personal interviews, historical archives, court records,
transcripts, and other rare documents, An
tells the complete and often
devastating story of Black America’s long struggle for racial
justice and the nation’s covert and repressive tactics to defeat
that struggle. It is the story of a small but determined community,
taking extreme, unconventional, and often perilous measures in the
quest for freedom.
music: "LIFE" by Saba