The Black Panther, 1966-2016Main Menucrystal am nelsona8c0d4166981909bee5f6307ade72fc185ed6296Cathy Thomasc194c1b18a8a0b957192be5b5fcddc54e7171304Kiran Garcha330f0fd93233f7f8a54631b3efe31dda36bdbfdf
Vitrine #12: A Glimpse at Kathleen Cleaver
12016-11-19T21:57:49-08:00crystal am nelsona8c0d4166981909bee5f6307ade72fc185ed6296123216plain2016-11-20T13:49:16-08:00crystal am nelsona8c0d4166981909bee5f6307ade72fc185ed6296Kathleen Cleaver was one of the most prominent women in the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense and the first female Black Panther to be a member of the Central Committee. As the Party’s first communications secretary, Cleaver served as its media spokesperson. In doing so, she provided a striking image of strength and femininity with which one could identify the Party, which had too often been characterized as hypermasculine by the mainstream media. Her romantic and political partnership with Eldridge Cleaver, for whom she organized the Eldridge Cleaver Defense Fund after he was jailed for assaulting police officers, emphasizes the critical role women played in the Party and the larger black power movement.