MLK Breakfast

The Tampa Organization of Black Affairs (TOBA) is pleased to announce our 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Breakfast. The breakfast will be held on January 17, 2022 at 6:45 a.m.

We will bring together an audience of over 1,000 attendees consisting of corporate sponsors, politicians, members of grassroots organizations and the community-at-large. Our primary mission is to honor the principles espoused by Dr. King and to foster positive community relations.

The program includes a dynamic keynote address that will invigorate the cross-section of the citizenry in Tampa Bay and offer positive solutions to the problems and concerns of the Tampa Bay community. An awards ceremony will also be included in the program at which we will honor corporations and individuals for their positive contributions to the community.

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2022 Keynote Speaker

Reverend Emanuel Cleaver, II

TOBA is excited to announce Reverend Emanuel Cleaver, II as the keynote speaker for the 42nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership Breakfast. Rev. Emanuel Cleaver, II is serving his ninth term representing Missouri’s Fifth Congressional District, the home district of President Harry Truman. He is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services; Chair of the Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development, and Insurance; member of Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets; member of Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations; member of the House Committee on Homeland Security; member of the Subcommittee on Transportation and Maritime Security; and member of the Select Committee on the Modernization of Congress.  Having served for twelve years on the city council of Missouri’s largest municipality, Kansas City, Cleaver was elected as the city’s first African American Mayor in 1991.  

During his eight-year stint in the Office of the Mayor, Cleaver distinguished himself as an economic development activist and an unapologetic redevelopment craftsman. He and the City Council brought a number of major corporations to the city, including Transamerica, Harley Davidson, and Citi Corp. Cleaver also led the effort, after a forty-year delay, to build the South Midtown Roadway. Upon completion of this major thoroughfare, he proposed a new name: The Bruce R. Watkins Roadway. Additionally, his municipal stewardship includes the 18th and Vine Redevelopment, a new American Royal, the establishment of a Family Division of the Municipal Court, and the reconstruction and beautification of Brush Creek.  Cleaver has received five honorary Doctoral Degrees augmented by a bachelor’s degree from Prairie View A&M, and a master’s from St. Paul’s School of Theology of Kansas City.  

In 2009, Cleaver, with a multitude of accomplishments both locally and congressionally, introduced the most ambitious project of his political career—the creation of a Green Impact Zone. This zone, consisting of 150 blocks of declining urban core, has received approximately $125 million dollars in American Recovery and Reinvestment funds. 

The Green Impact Zone is aimed at making this high crime area the environmentally greenest piece of urban geography in the world. This project includes rebuilding Troost Avenue, rehabbing bridges, curbs and sidewalks, home weatherization, smart grid technology in hundreds of homes, and most importantly, hundreds of badly needed jobs for Green Zone residents.  During the 112th Congress, Cleaver was unanimously elected the 20th chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.  In 2016, as Ranking Member of the Housing and Insurance Subcommittee, Cleaver successfully co-authored the largest sweeping reform bill on housing programs in 20 years, the Housing Opportunity Through Modernization Act, a bipartisan comprehensive housing bill that passed into law with a unanimous vote.  In 2018, Congressman Cleaver received the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award Foundation. Past honorees include President Bill Clinton, the late Senator John McCain, and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.  Cleaver, a native of Texas, is married to the former Dianne Donaldson. They have made Kansas City home for themselves and their four children, and grandchildren.




Become a sponsor of the 2022 MLK Leadership Breakfast. Sponsor benefits vary based on the level. Form more information, download the sponsorship here. To purchase a table or submit your sponsorship payment, please use the links below. If you have questions, please contact us via email at

Ad Submission Deadline: January 7, 2021

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In order to maintain the safety of all attendees, we have implemented the following safety protocols for the event:

  • All guests are required to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. Masks may be removed temporarily while eating.
  • Extra masks will be provided for any guests who may need one.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at each table
  • Healthcare staff will be on-site to perform temperature checks upon arrival