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Cleaver for President

Cleaver for President Cause Button Museum
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CLEAVER FOR PRESIDENT
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Illustration of Eldridge Cleaver on the left side with  black text to the right on a gold background.

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During the 1968 Presidential election, Eldridge Cleaver, author of Soul on Ice and a leading member of the Black Panther Party ran on the ticket of the Peace and Freedom Party. A few of the policies that the party included the immediate withdrawal from Vietnam and also offering the full support of the Black Liberation Movement. The campaign would end shortly, however, as in that same year, Cleaver was wounded during a shootout between Black Panthers and Oakland police. Facing criminal charges, Cleaver posted bail and fled the United States and led a life of exile in Algeria, France, and Cuba. It wouldn't be until 1975 that Cleaver would return to the United States to once again resume his mission of igniting political transformation within the country, 

Source: Political Campaign Button, "Cleaver for President," The Henry Ford. Retrieved September, 2017, from https://www.thehenryford.org/collections-and-research/digital-collection...

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