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Eldridge Cleaver Autographed Draft for His Speech

Lot 0049 Details

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Cleaver Eldridge


Eldridge Cleaver Autographed Draft for His Speech Titled "No Money"
Single page of draft notes, recto and verso, written in preparation for his speech titled "No Money," c. 1976,  5" x 7", boldly scripted in graphite entirely in the hand of Eldridge Cleaver. 
A scarce page of notes scripted entirely in the hand of Eldridge Cleaver. Composed circa 1970s, with anti-communistic sentiments, this draft was mostly composed around the time Cleaver was returning from 7 years of self imposed exile as a fugitive as a result of jumping bail in 1968 when he was facing charges of attempted murder. His seven exiled years as a fugitive had Cleaver living in Algeria, Cuba and France, along with trips to North Vietnam, North Korea and the Soviet Union. Previously enamored with communist life and philosophy, Cleaver ultimately soured to it. Originally everywhere he went he was wined and dined by the Communists. However, while in these countries Cleaver began to see that they were not “workers paradises” as he had been led to believe. He saw the bone-crushing poverty. He saw that people had no freedom of speech whatsoever. They were, for all practical purposes, SLAVES. Those who dared to demonstrate for more money and better living conditions were mowed down. Cleaver became disillusioned with Marxist-Leninist-Socialism. Realizing that everything he had believed in and fought for was false, he suffered a nervous breakdown while in Paris and was on the brink of suicide.
He got in touch with the FBI and said he wanted to come home and he was ready to stand trial and accept whatever judgment the law decided he owed society in order to reinstate himself and to erase his criminal past.
These phenomenal handwritten notes were composed in preparation for his speech which he called "No Money", which questioned the fairness of our own government , our economic system, and placed a microscope on how our country takes care of everyone selectively, with racial bias. His fluid movement from embracing communism to his disenfranchisement is highlighted by his comment: "I visited these communist and revolutionary countries to study their development plans (and) to examine how the people felt about the government and how the government treated the people … There were always two sides - the government's and the peoples. There was a rosy picture (from) the government and a picture of misery and dejection from the point of view of the people"
From this starting point, his draft speech now reaches to his concern with what he sees as the economic reality within the United States, highlighting perhaps that our government is also not beyond reproach, and also turns a blind eye to those in need, and worse completely ignores the black community. His incredibly scripted notes are shown in full below:

"No Money



They always tell us there's no money for us! Yet they're able to come up with money overnight, millions, for refugees, for covert CIA operations, for overt military action, for flood relief, to pay off Poland debts - but nothing for blacks.





We must turn this situation around. We must use our political power to crack this economic nut. There's no reason why - except the list below - Kwame (illegible) said "Seek ye first The Political Kingdom …"





This new class is so Petty, brutal, and oppressive that the people all over the world are rising up against 
Communism."
A fantastic, scarce, and highly revealing autographed page, by Eldridge Cleaver during a highly charged period of our recent history, and a perfect example of his famous quote, “If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.” Accompanied by a great casual photo of him.
Eldridge Cleaver was a leader of the Black Panthers who, because of his many crimes, was often in prison where he wrote “Soul on Ice”, a commentary on prison life and racism in America which became an international best-seller and was basically the “manifesto” of the Black Nationalist Movement in America and abroad. In “Soul on Ice” Cleaver described his metamorphosis from rapist and drug-dealer to Malcolm X apostle to Marxist revolutionary, who became, virtually overnight, one of the leading exponents of “black liberation” in America.

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Cleaver Eldridge


Eldridge Cleaver Autographed Draft for His Speech Titled "No Money"
Single page of draft notes, recto and verso, written in preparation for his speech titled "No Money," c. 1976,  5" x 7", boldly scripted in graphite entirely in the hand of Eldridge Cleaver. 
A scarce page of notes scripted entirely in the hand of Eldridge Cleaver. Composed circa 1970s, with anti-communistic sentiments, this draft was mostly composed around the time Cleaver was returning from 7 years of self imposed exile as a fugitive as a result of jumping bail in 1968 when he was facing charges of attempted murder. His seven exiled years as a fugitive had Cleaver living in Algeria, Cuba and France, along with trips to North Vietnam, North Korea and the Soviet Union. Previously enamored with communist life and philosophy, Cleaver ultimately soured to it. Originally everywhere he went he was wined and dined by the Communists. However, while in these countries Cleaver began to see that they were not “workers paradises” as he had been led to believe. He saw the bone-crushing poverty. He saw that people had no freedom of speech whatsoever. They were, for all practical purposes, SLAVES. Those who dared to demonstrate for more money and better living conditions were mowed down. Cleaver became disillusioned with Marxist-Leninist-Socialism. Realizing that everything he had believed in and fought for was false, he suffered a nervous breakdown while in Paris and was on the brink of suicide.
He got in touch with the FBI and said he wanted to come home and he was ready to stand trial and accept whatever judgment the law decided he owed society in order to reinstate himself and to erase his criminal past.
These phenomenal handwritten notes were composed in preparation for his speech which he called "No Money", which questioned the fairness of our own government , our economic system, and placed a microscope on how our country takes care of everyone selectively, with racial bias. His fluid movement from embracing communism to his disenfranchisement is highlighted by his comment: "I visited these communist and revolutionary countries to study their development plans (and) to examine how the people felt about the government and how the government treated the people … There were always two sides - the government's and the peoples. There was a rosy picture (from) the government and a picture of misery and dejection from the point of view of the people"
From this starting point, his draft speech now reaches to his concern with what he sees as the economic reality within the United States, highlighting perhaps that our government is also not beyond reproach, and also turns a blind eye to those in need, and worse completely ignores the black community. His incredibly scripted notes are shown in full below:

"No Money



They always tell us there's no money for us! Yet they're able to come up with money overnight, millions, for refugees, for covert CIA operations, for overt military action, for flood relief, to pay off Poland debts - but nothing for blacks.





We must turn this situation around. We must use our political power to crack this economic nut. There's no reason why - except the list below - Kwame (illegible) said "Seek ye first The Political Kingdom …"





This new class is so Petty, brutal, and oppressive that the people all over the world are rising up against 
Communism."
A fantastic, scarce, and highly revealing autographed page, by Eldridge Cleaver during a highly charged period of our recent history, and a perfect example of his famous quote, “If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem.” Accompanied by a great casual photo of him.
Eldridge Cleaver was a leader of the Black Panthers who, because of his many crimes, was often in prison where he wrote “Soul on Ice”, a commentary on prison life and racism in America which became an international best-seller and was basically the “manifesto” of the Black Nationalist Movement in America and abroad. In “Soul on Ice” Cleaver described his metamorphosis from rapist and drug-dealer to Malcolm X apostle to Marxist revolutionary, who became, virtually overnight, one of the leading exponents of “black liberation” in America.

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