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Why U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver Is Calling 2020 'A Great Awakening'

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Carlos Moreno
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver spoke to a crowd of protesters on the Country Club Plaza on May 31.

Missouri Congressman Emanuel Cleaver talks about the pain felt by African Americans in a year of pandemic and protests against police brutality.

Kansas City's first black mayor weighs in on the core issues behind protests around the nation, and the dangers black Americans are confronted with during the pandemic.

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