Throwback Thursday: Black Leaders Back in the Day

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  • Keith Ellison
  • Bobby Scott
  • Andre Carson
  • Emanuel Cleaver
  • Rep. Gregory Meeks
  • Jesse Jackson Sr., John Lewis, Charles Rangel, Carl Stokes
  • James and Emily Clyburn
  • Barbara Lee
  • Karen Bass
  • Robin Kelly
  • Marc Morial
  • Maya Angelou

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Missouri)

Back in the day, the bigger the 'fro, the more handsome the man underneath was perceived to be, a fact that did not escape Emanuel Cleaver, whose hair in this 1982 photograph with daughter Marissa, belies his genteel and modest demeanor. Not that he wasn't proud. Cleaver, who was a minister at the time, says that he boasted the number one or two afro, in terms of circumference, among Kansas City's clergymen. But these days, he lamented in a chat with BET.com, with a twinkle in his eye, "My 'fro won't grow no mo'." 

(Photo: Courtesy of Emanuel Cleaver)

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