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Congressman Emanuel Cleaver

Representing the 5th District of MISSOURI

Congressman Cleaver Gives Moving Speech At CFPB

Feb 27, 2017
Press Release
Cleaver Highlights the Importance of Diversity and Education

(Washington, D.C.) – Today, Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II served as the guest speaker for the annual Black History Month Celebration for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the CFPB. The CFPB, created in 2008 after the financial crisis, was designed to protect consumers from unfair, deceptive and or abusive practices. Congressman Cleaver is a member of the House Financial Services Committee and was recently re-elected Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance. Congressman Cleaver received a standing ovation following his speech.

“I am honored to have been asked to speak at the CFPB for their Black History Month celebration. This forum gave me an opportunity to speak on an issue near and dear to me, the importance of diversity and the necessity of equality in education to achieve this goal,” said Congressman Cleaver.

At the luncheon held at the CFPB headquarters in Washington, D.C., Congressman Cleaver recounted the importance of education and the struggle that the African American community has faced in order to receive that education.

“When we talk about education and Black history, it is significant and there are a lot twists and turns along the way to realize what African Americans have gone through to get to this point. One of the things I am hoping is that we continue down the twists and turns until we reach a point where Black history is not even necessary. It will be part of American history.”

He also addressed the important work that the CFPB does and reminded those present of their critical role in securing the financial system - empowering consumers to safely access credit, mortgages and financial products.

“When it comes to protecting the people who are protecting the people, you have someone in your corner,” said Congressman Cleaver.

Emanuel Cleaver, II is the U.S. Representative for Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, which includes Kansas City, Independence, Lee's Summit, Raytown, Grandview, Sugar Creek, Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Oak Grove, North Kansas City, Gladstone, Claycomo, and all of Ray, Lafayette, and Saline Counties. He is a member of the exclusive House Financial Services Committee, the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and also a Senior Whip of the Democratic Caucus. A high-resolution photo of Congressman Cleaver is available here. For more information, please contact Heather Frierson at 816-842-4545 or Heather.Frierson@mail.house.gov