Writer, political activist, and Black Panther Party leader who wrote 'Soul on Ice' in 1968. His book, which he wrote while serving time in Folsom State Prison became a seminal work in African-American literature.
He got into quite a bit of trouble as a youngster, from petty crime to a felony drug charge.
During the 1980's he became both a Mormon and a conservative Republican.
He got married to Katherine Neal Cleaver in 1967; the couple had two children together before divorcing in 1987.
He was heavily inspired by the writings and life of Malcolm X.