Eldridge Cleaver Biography
Birthday: August 31, 1935 (Virgo)
Born In: Wabbaseka, Arkansas
Eldridge Cleaver was a renowned political activist and leader of the Black Panther Party. As a writer, he is remembered for his collection of essays titled “Soul On Ice”. This book is considered as a seminal work in African-American literature. As a prominent figure of the black power movement of the late 1960s, he acted as Minister of Information and Head of the International Section of the Panthers. When he was a teenager, he was involved in several criminal activities and had spent time in detention centres and prison. As an important member of the Black Panther Party, he got involved in an ambush of Oakland police officers. To avoid police arrest, he spent several years in exile in Cuba, Algeria and France. After his return to the US, the activities of various Christian groups kept him occupied. It was at this time that he became a conservative Republican. He also served for the Black Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco for a short period. Besides these, he used to teach at a Bible college in Miami. In later period of his life, he went through legal difficulties for becoming a drug addict, possessing drug and getting involved in a burglary.