Kathleen Neal Cleaver is a lawyer, writer, and activist most famous for her involvement with the Black Panther Party. While at a student conference at Fisk University in 1966, Kathleen met the Black Panther minister of information, Eldridge Cleaver, who introduced her to the ideas of the party. She moved to San Francisco in November 1967 to join the Black Panthers and she married Eldridge Cleaver on December 27, 1967. Cleaver became the communications secretary for the Party, served as spokesperson and press secretary and she was also the first female member of the Party’s decision-making body. She organized the national campaign to free Huey P. Newton, the minister of defense and co-founder of the Party, who was jailed for the controversial killing of Oakland police officer, John Frey. In 1968, Cleaver ran for California’s 18th state assembly district as a candidate of the Peace and Freedom Party. She received 4.7% of the total vote, finishing third in a four-candidate race. In 1968, Eldridge Cleaver staged an ambush of the Oakland police and two officers were injured. Cleaver was wounded and fellow Black Panther member Bobby Hutton was killed in a shootout following the initial exchange of gunfire. Charged with attempted murder, he fled to Cuba and later to Algeria with his wife. Kathleen Cleaver 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 continued her education earning her law degree from Yale Law School. After graduating, she worked for the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore and subsequently worked as a law clerk in the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Court Circuit in Philadelphia, was on the faculty of Emory University in Atlanta, and has served as a 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.