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Name: Jamell J. Spann, The First

What you think your job is at Left Bank Books? Bookseller & Self-Proclaimed African-American Literature Afficianado

If you had a Super Power, what would it be? Astral projection. To troll my friends & work from home.

What’s your sign? Aries (Fire signs unite!)

What’s in the trunk of your car? Secrets capable of undoing me.

What’s your favorite memory? Dancing to the brazen sounds of a New Orleans band during my vacation in 2015.

Using only one word, describe yourself. "Logophile"

If they made a movie about your life, who would play you? Lakeith Stanfield, for his range is as broad in scope as my life.

Stick or Automatic? Automatic.

Author you love to hate: Ta-Nehisi Coates. It's a complicated relationship.

Theme song to your life: "Everything Is Everything" by Miss Lauryn Hill <3

Favorite smell: Gasoline. Weird, I know.

Favorite pair of shoes (past or present): A cherished pair of noir Timberland boots.

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The Assassination of Fred Hampton: How the FBI and the Chicago Police Murdered a Black Panther Cover Image
ISBN: 9781569767092
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Lawrence Hill Books - April 1st, 2011

Perhaps the only thing more criminal than the assassination of Fred Hampton would be to forgo reading "The Assassination of Fred Hampton." Never before has a book managed to be as inspiring as it is a cautionary tale; a young civil rights leader was killed in his sleep by the FBI & the Chicago PD, and people need to know that history. Painstakingly researched and full of memorable quotes from the Panther Party leader himself, this book is a must read.