On the front lines, they demanded equality for women in the Black and Brown power movement in the 1960's, 70's and are still active and revolutionary to this day. The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is honored to host these women at the August Wilson Center to celebrate Women's History Month and the Humanities Festival. Tickets go on sale February 16.
Kathleen Neal Cleaver joined the Black Panther Party in 1967 and became the communications secretary and the first female member of the Party's decision-making body. She also served as the spokesperson and press secretary. She married Eldridge Cleaver on December 27, 1967. The Cleavers formed a new organization called the Revolutionary People's Communication Network. Cleaver is a senior lecturer in law at Emory University.
Denise Oliver-Velez is an adjunct anthropology professor at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and was the first woman elected to the central committee of the Young Lords. She rallied a crew of women that fought for open enrollment in the City Colleges of New York, for the formation of Puerto Rican Studies Programs and bi-lingual education in grade schools.
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