By all accounts, to be a woman minority in this country is…difficult to say the least, so it’s always a fantastic breath of fresh air when someone kicks down all barriers to achieve success.
Kathleen Cleaver (nee: Neal) is a perfect example. Alabama born, lived in six different countries by the time she entered Oberlin College. Then onto the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, followed by The Black Panther Party, a bid for California’s State Assembly,exiled with husband Eldridge Cleaver to Algeria, then North Korea. Back in the U.S. by the mid-70’s, graduates summa cum loude with a BA from Yale, onto jobs with law firms, visiting faculty member at the graduate School of Yale and Sarah Lawrence University, Fellow at the Fletcher Foundation and currently a senior lecturer at Emory University School Of Law. The amount of boxes broken in order to establish such a rock solid CV is mind boggling.
Perhaps the biggest broken box would be her rise to power in the patriarchal Black Power Movement as well as her relationship with the sometimes hypocritical but always sickeningly bullish Eldridge Cleaver.
Anyway, are you looking for a Master Box Breaker? Well, here she is.