40 years ago today - Jan 24, 1981

The New York Times reports the conversion to the LDS church of Eldridge Cleaver, former Black Panther radical of the 1960s. He is the first nationally prominent African-American to convert to Mormonism. In 1995 he publicly reaffirms his faith in Mormonism, although he no longer actively attends LDS services.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

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