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Kathleen Cleaver
   
 
 
 
  Kathleen Cleaver Haiku
 
We are not a problem people; we are a people with problems. We have historic strengths; we have survived because of family.
After organizing a student conference for the Black Panther Party at Fisk University, Kathleen Cleaver became the first female member of the Party's decision-making body. Cleaver also served as spokesperson and press secretary and suffered some acts of violence for being associated with the party. She became involved in the SNCC, participating in many of the sit-ins that occurred to fight segregation and discrimination in the 1960s.