Black Power - Kathleen Cleaver
Kathleen Neal Cleaver is a professor of law and well known for her involvement with the Black Panther Party. Her activism began when she left college for a secretarial job in the New York offices of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). While attending a student conference at Fisk University, she met Eldridge Cleaver, Minister of Information for the Black Panther Party. They moved to San Francisco and married. Kathleen became the Communications Secretary and the first female member of the Party’s decision-making body.
Following a series of shootouts and other reported criminal activity, Kathleen joined her husband in exile. She lived in various countries including: Cuba, Algeria, France, and North Korea. When they returned to the United States, Eldridge Cleaver was again tied up in litigation for previous activity. Kathleen returned to school with a full scholarship to Yale University. She divorced Eldridge then continued on to obtain her law degree at Yale Law School . Since then, Kathleen has held multiple professorships and, even worked as a law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals. She is currently a senior lecturer at Emory University School of Law.
Records at the National Archives relating to Kathleen Cleaver include FBI case files investigating her activities with the Black Panther Party across the United States. She can also be seen speaking at Hutton Memorial Park in the news reel Black Panther.
Central Foreign Policy Files, 1973-1979 National Archives Identifier 654098
|P-Reel Document Index Entries, 1976 ( NAID 1663647|
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