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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Anchor
City Council Member
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue Chicken Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
Take Care. Life Is Good.

Birthplace

Born:
12/26/1946
Birth Location:
Columbus, Ohio

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Anchor
City Council Member
Mayor

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Barbecue Chicken Ribs
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Las Vegas, Nevada
Favorite Quote:
Take Care. Life Is Good.

Birthplace

Born:
12/26/1946
Birth Location:
Columbus
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Biography

City Council Member and former Mayor pro tempore Myron Lowery was born in 1947, in Columbus, Ohio. He received his B.A. degree from LeMoyne-Owens College and his M.S. degree from New York University. While at New York University, he taught for three years in New York public school with the National Teachers’ Corp. At Dr. Hollis Price’s invitation, Lowery went to works as an anchor at WMC-TV in 1973, where he remained until 1983.

Lowery sued WMC-TV for racial discrimination in 1981, making a successful settlement that paved the way for many other employment discrimination suits by African Americans. He then went on to work as press secretary for Congressman Harold Ford Sr. and as manager of corporate relations at FedEx. In 1991, Lowery ran for Memphis City Council and won. Five years later, he was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention when President Bill Clinton won the Democratic primary. He also served as a superdelegate at the Democratic National Convention in 2008, at which Barack Obama won the Democratic primary. In his role on City Council, Lowery has initiated a successful gun buy-back program, the installation of red light cameras at busy intersections, and the reform of some of the City Council’s discussion processes.

In 2009, the mayor of Memphis, Willie Wilbur Herenton, resigned from his post as mayor, leaving Lowery as mayor pro tempore for the next ninety days. During that time, Lowery sought to promote transparency in city government, asking many officials from Herenton’s corrupt administration to resign.

Lowery is a member of the board of directors for the National League of Cities. He has been a member of the board of many civic organizations, including the Tennessee Municipal League, Leadership Memphis, The Memphis Zoo, and the Headstart Policies Council. He has also served as vice president of the National Association of Black Journalists, chairman of the Democratic Municipal Officials, and treasurer of the United Negros’ College Fund’s National Alumni Council. He holds an honorary degree from Southeastern College of Technology. Lowery has been honored as one of the Three Outstanding Young Men in the state of Tennessee and Ten Outstanding Young Men in America by the Tennessee Jaycees, and in 2003, he was inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Myron Lowery's interview, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Myron Lowery's discusses how he began his career in journalism
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Slating of Myron Lowery's interview, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Myron Lowery lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Myron Lowery describes his mother's family background, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Myron Lowery describes his mother's family background, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Myron Lowery talks about his family's move from Jonesville, South Carolina to Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Myron Lowery talks about his family's life in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Myron Lowery talks about his mother's life in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Myron Lowery describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Myron Lowery talks about his parents meeting and his brothers
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Myron Lowery talks about growing up poor and how it influenced his decision to pursue his education
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Myron Lowery describes his earliest childhood memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Myron Lowery describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Myron Lowery talks about his paper route in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Myron Lowery talks about living with his great-grandparents in his junior and senior years of high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Myron Lowery talks about the schools that he attended in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Myron Lowery talks about a male mentor
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Myron Lowery reflects on the role of church in his childhood and his views on religion
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Myron Lowery reflects upon his oratory skills and his self-confidence
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Myron Lowery expresses his regret at not attending the March on Washington in 1963
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Myron Lowery talks about football in Columbus, Ohio, while he was growing up there
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Myron Lowery talks about the integrated schools in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Myron Lowery talks about his entry into extemporaneous speaking while in high school, and his debate partner, Myran Lewis
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Myron Lowery talks about reading about the Civil Rights Movement while growing up in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Myron Lowery discusses his decision to attend LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee, and his experience there
  • Tape: 2 Story: 14 - Myron Lowery describes his experiences while studying at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Myron Lowery reflects upon Dr. Martin Luther King's assassination and his views of the civil rights struggle
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Myron Lowery describes his joining the National Teachers' Corps after graduating from LeMoyne-Owen's College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Myron Lowery describes his experience in New York City and becoming the first full-time African American reporter at WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Myron Lowery talks about his early years as a reporter at WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee, and his public affairs show, 'Minority Report'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Myron Lowery talks about co-founding the Memphis [Tennessee] Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Myron Lowery discusses his EEO lawsuit against WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Myron Lowery reflects upon his decision to file an employment discrimination lawsuit against WMC-TV, and about minorities in broadcast journalism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Myron Lowery talks about the success of his public affairs show, 'Minority Report' on WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Myron Lowery talks about his experience at WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee and his EEO lawsuit against them
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Myron Lowery talks about his public affairs show, 'Minority Report' on WMC-TV in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Myron Lowery talks about his running for the Memphis City Council in 1983, and serving as Congressman Harold Ford, Sr.'s press secretary
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Myron Lowery describes his experience as press secretary to U.S. Congressman Harold Ford Jr.
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Myron Lowery discusses his election to the Memphis City Council in 1991
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Myron Lowery describes his experience as a senior communications specialist at FedEx
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Myron Lowery discusses his lawsuit against FedEx, and his decision to retire
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Myron Lowery describes his relationship with Mayor Willie Herenton of Memphis, Tennessee, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Myron Lowery describes his relationship with Mayor Willie Herenton of Memphis, Tennessee, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Myron Lowery describes his brief tenure as Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Myron Lowery talks about speaking at the Democratic National Convention in 1996
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Myron Lowery describes his meeting with the Dalai Lama
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Myron Lowery talks about the City of Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Myron Lowery talks about being a representative to the Democratic National Convention and President Barack Obama's administration
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Myron Lowery reflects upon his service on the Memphis City Council
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Myron Lowery describes his hopes and concerns for the community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Myron Lowery talks about his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Myron Lowery talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Myron Lowery describes his photographs