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Cleaver, Eldridge

(Leroy Eldridge Cleaver), 1935–98, African-American social activist, b. Wabbaseka, Ark. Growing up in Los Angeles, he spent much of 1954–66 in prison for various crimes including rape. In 1966 he joined the staff of Ramparts magazine, and soon became a member of the Black PanthersBlack Panthers,
U.S. African-American militant party, founded (1966) in Oakland, Calif., by Huey P. Newton and Bobby Seale. Originally aimed at armed self-defense against the local police, the party grew to espouse violent revolution as the only means of achieving black
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. In 1968 his book Soul on Ice made him famous. The next year, fleeing arrest following a Panther shootout with Oakland (Calif.) police, he began a period of exile in Cuba, Algeria, and other points, during which he broke with the Panthers. After his return to the United States in 1975, he espoused a wide, even bizarre, range of political, religious, and commercial causes.

Cleaver, Eldridge

(1935–  ) social activist, author; born in Wabbeseka, Ark. Convicted on a marijuana charge (1954), he began a 12-year cycle of prison terms. During this time he obtained a high school diploma, converted to the Black Muslim faith, and began to write. He was a staff writer for Ramparts magazine (1966) and became a much-publicized college lecturer after the release of Soul on Ice (1968), a seminal work on the black experience. He fled the United States (1969) to escape a prison sentence resulting from an alleged shoot-out with the Oakland police. Living in several third-world countries, including Algeria, he returned to the U.S.A. (1979) after battling the Algerian authorities over his connection with an alleged skyjacking incident. Pleading guilty to assaulting an Oakland police officer, he was placed on probation and ordered to do 2,000 hours of community service. He became a "born-again" Christian and by 1982 had become an ardent supporter of the U.S.A.
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Her research shows that the SLF, called "as dangerous as Eldridge Cleaver and Angela Davis" by the FBI's prosecuting attorney, was little more than a loosely organized service organization that gathered petitions and circulated antiestablishment materials.
The Yippies never did drop LSD into the Chicago reservoir; the GAA never actually transformed gender binaries, and Eldridge Cleaver never did launch a guerilla war.
Seale's voice dominates the text, but many figures important to the movement, including Angela Davis and Eldridge Cleaver, are also heard from.
In July 1969, nearly one year into his life as a political exile, BPP Minister of Information, Eldridge Cleaver, was joined in Algiers by his wife and BPP Communications Secretary, Kathleen Cleaver, who at the time was seven months pregnant with their first child.
After discussing the goals and accomplishments of the People's Anti-Imperialist Delegation, she analyzes the contentious relationships between delegation members, especially sexual and racial conflicts centering on the trip's often domineering leader, exiled Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver.
Eldridge Cleaver hailed him as the bard of the "funky facts.
They failed to free Davis but leapfrogged their way to Algeria with a huge ransom, where they were welcomed by the Algerian president and by exiled Black Panthers leader Eldridge Cleaver.
The author of Soul On Ice, Eldridge Cleaver, has become a soul on the run --an unwilling refugee from his heritage and his mission--a latter-day man without a country.
Bush's subcabinet, and I traveled to Berkeley to spend the day chatting with Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver for Reason.
First up was an Arkansas Pear Haroset, clearly an attempt to garner support in a crucial region that has produced such political powerhouses as William Fulbright, Bill Clinton, Dale Bumper, Eldridge Cleaver, and Mike Huckabee.
Footage of key figures including Kwame Ture aka Stokely Carmichael, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, Eldridge Cleaver and Huey P Newton conveys the passions and determination of the era.
Once Eldridge Cleaver and his merry men escaped the prison that was America for the freedom of Algeria, Bill Buckley thought it a good idea that I go to that hellhole and interview them for National Review.