Kathleen Cleaver (b.1954) is an activist and professor of law. She is best known for her involvement with the Black Panthers.
She was the first woman part of the decision-making body of the party, and also served as its spokesperson and press secretary. She was frequently targeted by the police and had to spend considerable time in exile because of her outspoken political beliefs. She was a Senior Research Associate in Law and a Senior Lecturer of African American Studies at Yale.