Always Running


Luis J. Rodriguez

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Eldridge Cleaver Character Analysis

A black activist and early member of the Black Panther Party, Eldridge Cleaver is still celebrated for his influence on the “black is beautiful” movement and his emphasis on black empowerment and self-defense. However, Cleaver is still a highly controversial figure in black history, in part because he was known to have raped many women, and in part because after the 1970s he gravitated toward the Republican Party, displeasing many of his left-wing allies.
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Eldridge Cleaver Character Timeline in Always Running

The timeline below shows where the character Eldridge Cleaver appears in Always Running. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 6
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...good books, including the poetry of Amiri Baraka and the memoirs of Malcolm X and Eldridge Cleaver . He’s inspired by these authors, who’ve emerged “out of the flames which engulfed many... (full context)