Kathleen Neal Cleaver,moved to San Francisco in November, 1967, to join the Black Panther Party. Cleaver became the first female member of the Party’s decision-making body. Notably, she organized the national campaign to free the Party’s minister of defense, Huey Newton, who was jailed. In 1968 she ran for California's 18th state assembly district,as a candidate of the Peace and Freedom party. Cleaver received 2,778 votes for 4.7% of the total vote, finishing third in a four candidate race.
The elusive Black Panther's spirit meaning: Associated with great mysticism. A symbol of the mother, the dark moon and the power of the night. The black panther encourages us to understand shadow and darkness and to eliminate our fears. When Black Panther totem appears in your life, it is a symbol of releasing your passions, and starting a new phase of your life. A phase in which you are discovering your desires, and living your dreams. From darkness there is light.