Eulogy: ELDRIDGE CLEAVER

As our information minister in the early years of the Black Panther Party, ELDRIDGE CLEAVER was a one-of-a-kind charismatic revolutionary who understood the politics of the human-liberation struggle. Party members called him "Papa" or "the Rage!" Fresh out of prison, he became a literary giant with his book Soul on Ice. Eldridge put his heart, mind and soul into the 1960s movement, but in the early '80s, I read that he said the party should have never existed. He tried to contact me, but I refused to speak with him. One day his ex-wife Kathleen called me to say Eldridge wanted...

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