Eldridge Cleaver in 1968
|Born||August 31, 1935(1935-08-31) |
|Died||May 1, 1998(1998-05-01) (aged 62) |
|Organization||Black Panther Party |
Peace and Freedom Party
Republican Party (United States)
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.