Eldridge Cleaver


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Leroy Eldridge Cleaver (August 31, 1935 – May 1, 1998) better known as Eldridge Cleaver, was a writer and political activist who became an early leader of the Black Panther Party. His book Soul On Ice is a collection of essays praised by The New York Times Book Review at the time of its publication as "brilliant and revealing."

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  • ''What we're saying today is that you're either part of the solution or you're part of the problem.''
    Eldridge Cleaver (b. 1935), U.S. African-American leader, writer. Speech, 1968, San Francisco. Eldridge Cleaver, Post Prison Writings and Speeches, ed...
  • ''In prison, those things witheld from and denied to the prisoner become precisely what he wants most of all.''
    Eldridge Cleaver (b. 1935), U.S. African-American leader, writer. Written June 25, 1965 from Folsom Prison. "On Becoming," Soul on Ice (1968).
  • ''Americans think of themselves collectively as a huge rescue squad on twenty-four-hour call to any spot on the globe where dispute and conflict may erupt.''
    Eldridge Cleaver (b. 1935), U.S. civil rights leader, writer. "Rallying Round the Flag," Soul on Ice (1968).
  • ''The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.''
    Eldridge Cleaver (b. 1935), U.S. civil rights leader, writer. Soul on Ice (1968). Written from Folsom Prison, California, June 25, 1965.
  • ''If a man like Malcolm X could change and repudiate racism, if I myself and other former Muslims can change, if young whites can change, then there is hope for America.''
    Eldridge Cleaver (b. 1935), U.S. African American leader, writer. "The White Race and Its Heroes," Soul on Ice (1968).
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