In their ever continued dedicated display of hip-hop, as a wide cultural movement, that can be utilized as a tool to uplift, educate, and fight against social injustices The Universal Zulu Nation
present another program for Women's History Month (or Womyn's Legacy Month
as they present it) with a special program tonight that focuses on the controversial figure Assata Shakur.
Aptly entitled "Assata Shakur, Cuba, Black August & the role of Womyn in using Hip Hop Culture as a tool for Liberation & Revolutionary Struggle
" today's (Weds March 25th) three hour program takes place at the Universal Zulu Nation's NYC chapter's favorite venue; Harlem's National Black Theater
. The program will present Shakur in different mediums including a screening of Cuban filmmaker Gloria Rolondo'
s award winning film Eyes Of The Rainbow
- the documentary film with Assata Shakur that is set in Cuba and features music and dance. The program will include guest speaker Sister Monifa S. Perry.
There will also be a reading of portions of The Autobiography of Assata Olugbala Shakur
, as well as a discussion on Black August
and the role of women (womyn) in using the rich cultural movement that is hip-hop as a means to empower and fight for liberation in a revolutionary struggle.
The documentary Eyes of the Rainbow
, which appears in full below, tackles the never dull life of Assata Shakur, the Black Panther
and Black Liberation Army
leader who in 1973 was involved in a shootout on the New Jersey Turnpike in which she was accused of killing a New Jersey State Trooper, and who escaped from prison and was given political asylum in Cuba. This film views Assata in an Afro Cuban context, including the Yoruba Orisha Oya, goddess of the ancestors, of war, of the cemetery and of the rainbow. Eyes of the Rainbow
was dedicated by Rolondo to "all women who struggle for a better world." As such Assata, who is considered a terrorist by some but a hero to others and has famously referenced herself as a "20th century escaped slave," is a prime example of an African American woman leading the struggle in the fight of calling for social justice.