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Eldridge Cleaver

Eldridge Cleaver, Minister of Information for the Black Panther PartyDigital ID: ppmsc 01265 Source: digital file from original. Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-ppmsc-01265 (digital file from original negative) Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. Retrieve higher resolution JPEG version (48 kilobytes) Retrieve uncompressed archival TIFF version (5 megabytes)

TITLE: Eldridge Cleaver, Minister of Information for the Black Panther Party and presidential candidate for the Peace and Freedom Party speaking at the Woods-Brown Outdoor Theatre, American University.

CALL NUMBER: LC-U9- 20018-9A [P&P]. REPRODUCTION NUMBER: LC-DIG-ppmsc-01265 (digital file from original negative). RIGHTS INFORMATION: No known restrictions on publication.

SUMMARY: Photograph shows bust portrait of Cleaver facing right. MEDIUM: 1 negative : film. CREATED / PUBLISHED: 1968 Oct. 18. CREATOR: Trikosko, Marion S., photographer.

NOTES: Title from contact sheet folder caption. U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. Contact sheet available for reference purposes: USN&WR COLL - Job no. 20018, frame 9A.

REPOSITORY: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA. DIGITAL ID: (digital file from original) ppmsc 01265. CONTROL #: 2003688124

Rights Information: No known restrictions on publication.

Credit Line: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [reproduction number, LC-DIG-ppmsc-01265]

Eldridge Cleaver From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Eldridge Cleaver (August 31, 1935 – May 1, 1998) was an author and a prominent American civil rights leader who began as a dominant member of the Black Panther Party.

Born in Wabbaseka, Arkansas, Cleaver moved with his family to Phoenix and then to Los Angeles. As a teenager he was first involved in petty crime, and then in 1957 was convicted of assault with intent to murder. While in prison, he wrote a book of essays, published in book form as Soul on Ice (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1968; paperback Dell/Delta, 1968) which was influential in the black power movement and now widely considered a classic.

In the book, Cleaver infamously acknowledges the rape of several white women, which he defended as "an insurrectionary act". He also admitted that he began his career as a rapist by "practicing on black girls in the ghetto." He maintains that his felonious acts have nothing to do with the views expressed in the book. Cleaver was released from prison in 1966, after which he joined the Oakland-based Black Panther Party, serving as Minister of Information (spokesperson).

He was a Presidential candidate in 1968 on the ticket of the Peace and Freedom Party. That very year, he was injured in a confrontation between the Panthers and Oakland police. Charged with attempted murder, he jumped bail to flee to Algeria, where he was joined by Timothy Leary. Cleaver placed Leary under "revolutionary arrest" (kidnapped) as a counter-revolutionary, although Leary was later released alive. Cleaver later left Algeria and spent time in Cuba and France.

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