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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Eldridge Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver in 1968
Born August 31, 1935(1935-08-31)
Wabbaseka, Arkansas
Died May 1, 1998(1998-05-01) (aged 62)
Pomona, California
Organization Black Panther Party
Peace and Freedom Party
Republican Party (United States)
Religion Mormon convert
Eldridge Cleaver (August 31, 1935 – May 1, 1998) was a leading member of the Black Panther Party, a convict, and a writer. His most famous book is Soul on Ice, a collection of essays praised by The New York Times Book Review at the time of its publication as "brilliant and revealing."
Cleaver was a prominent member of the Black Panthers, having the titles Minister of Information, and Head of the International Section of the Panthers while in exile in Cuba and Algeria. As editor of the official Panther's newspaper, Cleaver's influence on the direction of the Party was rivaled only by founders Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. Cleaver and Newton eventually fell out with each other, resulting in a split which weakened the Party. He later turned to the right, becoming a born-again Christian and a member of the Republican Party.

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