Jake Tapper Asks Journalists Traveling to Cuba to Look Up Assata Shakur — But Who is She?

CNN’s Jake Tapper tweeted a request Saturday to journalists traveling to Cuba: Track down Assata Shakur for an interview.

Shakur is a cop-killing fugitive who escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba in 1984, where she received political asylum. Though Shakur, a former Black Panther Party and Black Liberation Army member, has been in exile since before many Black Lives Matter activists were born, she has been hailed as a “freedom fighter,” her named invoked as a symbol of social justice.

“Assata Taught Me” hoodies are also prominent at BLM protests.