Kansas City, Missouri 64141, United States
|| October 26, 1944
Sep 30, 2011 06:07pm
|Info||Emanuel Cleaver II was born in Waxahachie, Texas and came to adulthood in the public housing of Wichita Falls, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Prairie View A&M. Following graduation, he moved to Kansas City, Missouri where, among other things, he founded the Kansas City Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. |
Following the path of a long line of Cleaver ministers, Emanuel earned a Master of Divinity from St. Paul School of Theology in 1974. An ordained United Methodist minister, he has served as Senior Pastor of St. James United Methodist Church for the past 31 years.
In 1979, he was elected to the Kansas City, Missouri City Council as the Fifth District Representative. He served three terms in that role.
Emanuel Cleaver was elected Mayor of Kansas City in March of 1991, the first African American mayor in the City's history. He was re-elected to a second term in March 1995.
In May of 1999, the Kansas City Board of Parks and Recreations Commissioners honored the former mayor by naming one of the area's longest streets, "Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard."
He developed a reputation as a national leader and served two terms as president of the 426 member National Conference of Black Mayors. He served as Chairman of the U. S. Conference of Mayors Committee on Crime and Social Justice. After leaving office he served as a Special Urban Advisor to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Andrew Cuomo.
He is in front of the nation and the world appearing as a guest on or in:
ABC News �This Week with David Brinkley�
"Eye on America" The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather
PBS's �The McNeil/Lehrer Report�
NBC's �The Today Show�
ABC's �Good Morning America�
CBS's �Face the Nation�
�The Oprah Winfrey Show�
ABC's �Prime Time Live�
The Christian Science Monitor
The New York Times
He and his wife Dianne, have four children, including Emanuel III, an ordained United Methodist Minister.