Author: andrewklauisgerman

Great Box Breakers In History (Part 2)

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.

Great Box Breakers In History (Part 1)

“Like most others, I was a seeker, a mover, a malcontent, and at times a stupid hell-raiser. I was never idle long enough to do much thinking, but I felt somehow that some of us were making real progress, that we had taken an honest road, and that the best of us would inevitably make it over the top. At the same time, I shared a dark suspicion that the life we were leading was a lost cause, that we were all actors, kidding ourselves along on a senseless odyssey. It was the tension between these two poles – a restless idealism on one hand and a sense of impending doom on the other – that kept me going.”
― Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary