Kathleen Cleaver (1945- present) is an African American law professor, writer and activist born in 1945, Dallas (Texas). She was an influential member of the Black Panther Party and the first female member of the Party’s decision-making body. She served as the communications secretary and the spokesperson from 1967-71. Always unapologetic in her efforts to end systematic injustice, Cleaver has been civil rights activist her entire career. She transformed from a revolutionary to a legal scholar. Cleaver continues her path by engaging in teaching, writing, and film projects that incorporate human rights concerns in US and across the African Diaspora.