(INDEPENDENCE, Mo.) Friday, April 18, 2014 – The Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service will be presented to Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, II at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10 on the steps of the Harry S. Truman Library & Museum, 500 W. U.S. Highway 24. The public is invited to the ceremony and reception, which will be held in the lobby immediately following the ceremony. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be in the Library’s auditorium.
In addition to the Public Service Award presentation to Congressman Cleaver, the Missouri Mavericks organization will receive the Harry S. Truman Special Recognition Award for 2014.
Congressman Cleaver represents the 5th Congressional District of Missouri. First elected to Congress in 2004, he is completing his fourth term in Congress and has been appointed to the Financial Services Committee. Cleaver served for three terms on the City Council of Kansas City, MO and was elected as the City’s first African-American Mayor in 1991.
The Congressman and his wife, Dianne, along with their four children and four grandchildren, have lived in Kansas City for forty years. For thirty-seven of those years, he served as the Senior Pastor at St. James United Methodist Church, a post which one of their sons now holds.
Cleaver has received five honorary Doctoral Degrees in addition to his Bachelor’s degree from Prairie View A&M, and a Master’s from the St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City.
The Harry S. Truman Award for Public Service is given annually to an outstanding public servant who best typifies and possesses the qualities of dedication, industry, ability, honesty, and integrity that distinguished Harry S. Truman in his years of public service. The Harry S. Truman Public Service Award Commission makes the selection each year. This award, the highest honor bestowed by the City on a civilian, was presented for the first time in 1974 when Dr. Henry Kissinger attended the ceremony and accepted the first Truman statuette.