Portrait of Kathleen Neal Cleaver

Portrait of Kathleen Neal Cleaver


Kathleen Neal Cleaver (b. 1945) is a lawyer, professor and former Black Panther. She attended a quaker high school and went to Oberlin for college. While there, she became invested in activism and dropped out in 1966 to become involved in the SNCC (Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee). She met Elridge Cleaver and became involved with the Black Panther party was in its infancy. She became the first woman involved in its central organization and among a small group of women prominent in the party. They were married in 1967. Kathleen went back to school in 1981, attending Yale University, then Yale Law School. She and Eldridge divorced in 1987. She is currently serving as a senior lecturer at Emory University School of Law.



18 x 24 in. 

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