“Revolutionary or Death” is the 2020 biography written about former Black Panther Party (BPP) Minister of Information Leroy “Eldridge” Cleaver. The book was written by Justin Clifford. Eldridge Cleaver without question was an enigmatic figure within the BPP and Clifford attempts to use this biography to show a balanced view of Eldridge Cleaver as insightful and talented while also displaying Cleaver’s brutality and ruthlessness. Most people engaged in studying the history of African liberation movements in general and the BPP in particular already have some understanding of the contradictions within the BPP. Eldridge personified those contradictions. On the positive . . .
The following is a snippet of a conversation from February 2010. Former Black Panther and political prisoner of 17 years, Dhoruba Bin Wahad, was at Walker Church in South Minneapolis giving a speech titled, “Political repression and state violence from Minneapolis to Palestine.” Where the audio begins, Dhoruba has just criticized the Congressional Black Caucus, and CBC member Keith Ellison is in the audience to hear it. He jumps in, and Dhoruba takes him to school. It’s a heated conversation that covers Palestine, neo-colonialism, and Power. Enjoy! TRANSCRIPT: Dhoruba: …more secular ideology had opened through a modern state and the CIA, . . .