Emanuel Cleaver


Emanuel Cleaver II represents Missouri’s 5th Congressional District where he serves as the Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. In 1991, he was elected Kansas City’s first African-American mayor. A native of Texas, Cleaver came to Kansas City at the request of his mentor, Reverend Ralph Abernathy. There he helped to set up a chapter the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the prominent organization dedicated to promoting civil rights. After years of activism and growing a small Kansas City church, St. James Methodist, he was elected to the city council where he served three consecutive terms.  

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