Kathleen Neal Cleaver Remembers Her Time with the Black Pantherz

5 Oct

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Kathleen Neal Cleaver, Communications Secretary, Black Panther Party, Oakland, 1968. - COURTESY OF JEFFREY BLANKFORT
  • Courtesy of Jeffrey Blankfort
  • Kathleen Neal Cleaver, Communications Secretary, Black Panther Party, Oakland, 1968.

by  Joshua Rotter

When Kathleen Neal was recruited to join the Black Panther Party in 1967, it was political and personal for the college student. On one hand she wanted to spread consciousness about black oppression and exploitation. On the other she was madly in love with party member Eldridge Cleaver, and he needed her to help save founding member Huey Newton from the death penalty. It’s this humanity underneath the black berets and at the heart of the black leather trench coats that award-winning documentarian Stanley Nelson aimed to capture in The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution. This comprehensive, well-balanced documentary chronicles the history of the revolutionary organization from its formation in Oakland in 1966 to its tragic implosion. SF Weekly spoke to Kathleen Neal Cleaver, today a faculty member of the…

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