Just imagine the fortitude of spirit it must’ve taken to be first lady boss in the Black Panther Party.  Communications secretary and THE first female member of the Party’s decision-making body, Kathleen Cleaver also served as the spokesperson and press secretary.  She was the key organizer of the national campaign to free the Party’s minister of defense, Huey Newton, when he was jailed.  Kathleen Neal Cleaver was among a handful of women who were prominent in the Black Panther Party, which included Elaine Brown and Ericka Huggins.  She brought brains, beauty, charisma and firearm skills.  Impeccable militant style, perfect afro, hazel green eyes, butterscotch complexion, full rosy lips spitting orders and intellect.  A ride or die black bitch, without question.  And definitely on the list of People We Would’ve Tried to Fuck during The 1960’s – 1970’s black revolution.  We’re still all caught up in that rapture, boss.  ©2016 BlackSuede.

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Kathleen Cleaver is now a law professor, best known for her marriage to Black Panther leader and Soul on Ice author  Eldridge Cleaver.    Kathleen Neal and Eldridge Cleaver were married on December 27, 1967.  He was likely a real son-of-a-bitch at times, given that living in political exile has its pressures.  Wouldn’t we have kept Kathleen engaged and assisted whenever Eldridge was off on one of his angry cock-slinging benders?  At least he was smart enough to wife a queen.

According to sources at articles.latimes.com/2001/feb/24/local/me-29765 an Ex-Panther Says He Saw Eldridge Cleaver Kill a Man allegedly over Kathleen:

“According to a transcript, Booth told the agent that after a brief stay in Cuba, he and Smith went to Algeria, where they served on Cleaver’s staff. Cleaver, who died in 1998, was a fugitive himself at the time, having jumped bail and fled the United States following a shootout with Oakland police.

Booth said that he accompanied Cleaver on a trip to North Korea and that, while they were gone, Smith had an affair with Cleaver’s wife, Kathleen.

Upon returning, Booth said, Cleaver began taping calls at his home. “On some of the tapes Clinton was discussing with Kathleen killing Eldridge and taking over the party headquarters in Algeria,” Booth said, according to the transcript.

One evening, Booth related, Cleaver invited Smith and Booth to his house in Algiers and gave them a newspaper article to read. When Booth looked up, he said, Cleaver was holding an AK-47 rifle.

He said Cleaver accused Smith of having an affair with his wife, and then: “Eldridge . . . shot Clinton through the heart.” Booth said Cleaver dumped the body in a nearby field and poured acid over it.

“The next day, I decided to leave Algiers,” Booth said, “because I didn’t join the party this time killing party members (sic).” The FBI has said it has not been able to confirm Smith’s death and he is still listed as a fugitive. Reports of Cleaver killing a fellow Panther in Algeria, however, have surfaced in the past. At the time of a Black Panther split in 1971, the party’s official newspaper, based in Oakland, included an article accusing Cleaver of killing an unnamed member who had had an affair with his wife, according to the Associated Press.”

Since the couple’s divorce in 1987, however, she has staked out a reputation all her own as a law professor and expert in African-American history.  By transforming herself from expatriate revolutionary to respected scholar, Cleaver expanded the reach of her unique perspective on critical issues of race, gender and class to a wider audience than was previously possible, while maintaining her commitment to social and economic justice.

Kathleen went back to school in 1981, receiving a full scholarship from Yale University.  She graduated in 1983, summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history. In 1987, she divorced Eldridge Cleaver. She then continued her education by getting her law degree from Yale Law School. After graduating, she worked for the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore, and followed this with numerous jobs including: law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia, the faculty of Emory University in Atlanta, visiting faculty member at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York City, the Graduate School of Yale University and Sarah Lawrence College. She then worked as a Senior Research Associate at the Yale Law School, and a Senior Lecturer in the African American Studies department at Yale University. She is currently serving as senior lecturer at Emory University School of Law.

Kathleen Neal was born on May 13, 1945 in Dallas, Texas, the oldest child of Ernest and Juette (Johnson) Neal. Unlike many of her future fellow revolutionaries, she did not grow up in poverty. Her father was a professor of sociology at Wiley College, and her mother held an advanced degree in mathematics.

Sources: http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-2873100022.html and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen_Neal_Cleaver

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