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Safiya Asya Bukhari

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Coming of Age: A Black Revolutionary

The author, the late Safiya Asya Bukhari, provides a personal account of the development of political consciousness in a black female radical. Her political awakening during college to the plight of disenfranchised black people enabled her to reexamine dominant national myths that heralded the U.S. as a democratic utopia. Then, her experiences in prison solidified her disenchantment with the state and the ways in which she was rendered dispensable and dangerous due to her political beliefs.

activists, political persecution, political dissent, women, African Americans

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 30, No. 2 (2003): 8-17