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Flashback Friday: Eldridge Cleaver- From Panther to PTL.


Kathleen and Eldridge Cleaver in the early 1970s. (Image Source)

I'm currently reading "PTL:"The Rise and Fall of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Evangelical Empire" by John Wigger. Spoiler alert: my next entry in "The Preachers" series is on the long, tumultous ministry of Jim Bakker. While reading about some of the PTL's guests from the late 1970s, I came across a passage about Eldridge Cleaver, former Black Panther. While I knew he had made a huge swing to the Political Right in the 1980s, I wasn't aware that had come about years after a jailhouse Born Again Christian conversion in the 1970s, including hobnobbing with various Evangelical notables of the day.

To fully appreciate the magnamity of Cleaver's 180, let's briefly go back to the...

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