- NAME: Eldridge Cleaver
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, Criminal, Journalist
- BIRTH DATE: August 31, 1935
- DEATH DATE: May 01, 1998
- Did You Know?: Eldridge Cleaver designed a line of men's pants that had a "Cleaver Sleeve," a codpiece intended to feature the wearer's genitals. The pants did not sell well.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Wabbaseka, Arkansas
- PLACE OF DEATH: Pomona, California
- Full Name: Leroy Eldridge Cleaver
- AKA: Eldridge Cleaver
- Nickname: El Rage
- Nickname: Papa Rage
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Eldridge Cleaver wrote Soul on Ice, a best-selling collection of essays about his time in prison, and was the minister of information for the Black Panthers.
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Cleaver's later years saw him shift between different beliefs. He worked with Reverend Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church, became a Mormon and created "Christlam," which combined aspects of Christianity and Islam. His politics changed as well. After joining the Republican party,
he ran for office several times and supported Ronald Reagan—whom he had formerly denounced—as president.
Cleaver also suffered from an addiction to cocaine. This resulted in several arrests, though he did not have to return to prison. A devastating head injury in 1994—which may have occurred in a drug-related attack—prompted him to recommit to evangelical Christianity. Cleaver died in Pomona, California on May 1, 1998, at the age of 62.
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