Myron is the longest servicing African-American in the history of the Memphis City Council. Since 1991, he has been elected seven times, serving as Chairman of the Council five times, Chairman of the Memphis Charter Commission and as interim Mayor of Memphis for three months in 2009. Councilman Lowery has been elected At-Large as well as from a Super District. He currently represents more than 330,000 Memphians.
Myron Lowery is a man who cares about people. He views his public service on the City Council as an extension of the community service he has provided most of his life.
For his efforts, Lowery has been honored by the Tennessee Jaycees as one of "Three Outstanding Young Men" in the state and the United States Jaycees honored him as one of "Ten Outstanding Young Men in America". In 2003, Councilman Lowery was inducted into the National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame for his community service.
In the past, Councilman Lowery served as a board member of the Tennessee Municipal League, Tennessee Quality, Goals for Memphis, Leadership Memphis, Goodwill Boys Club, The Memphis Zoo and the Headstart Policy Council. Myron has been the National Alumni President as well as a member of the Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College. His civic activities also include serving on the boards of the Riverfront Development Corporation, the Memphis Regional Chamber, and Memphis in May.
In the national arena, Councilman Lowery serves on the Advisory Board of the National League of Cities, after serving on the Board of Directors for the NLC for two years. Myron served as Vice-President of the National Association of Black Journalists and as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-Chairman and Chairman of the Democratic Municipal Officials. In 1996, he was a speaker at the Democratic National Convention. Lowery is currently serving his fifth term as a member of the Democratic National Committee and is a former board member of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials.
Councilman Lowery established the annual New Year's Day Prayer Breakfast and the New Year's Day Jazz Champagne Brunch. Donations from these events have been made to more than 200 charitable organizations. Lowery is also a co-founder of "Salute to Fatherhood" and "Father's Day Out." These programs honor deserving fathers annually during Father's Day weekend.
Lowery has helped to organize five gun buy-back programs during which more than 2,000 guns were turned in and destroyed. His "Done with Guns" seminar encourages young people to stay away from firearms.
Myron worked for 12 years as a reporter, producer and weekend anchor for WMC-TV in Memphis and for 17 years at FedEx where he produced video programs for all employees as well as serving as a manager in Corporate Communications.
Councilman Lowery has a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from LeMoyne-Owen College, a Master of Science in Education from New York University and a Master of Science in Urban Education from the University of Tennessee. He holds an honorary degree from Southeastern College of Technology.
Myron and his wife Mary have one daughter, Carol Reaves and two sons, Carlos Reed and Mickell Lowery.
For a personal video summary of Myron’s life please visit www.thehistorymakers.com and to view his personal papers and writings visit www.amistadresearchcenter.org or stop by the Amistad Research Center on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans.