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, the Headstart Policy Council, the Board of Trustees of LeMoyne-Owen College, Riverfront Development Corporation and the Memphis Regional Chamber.
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 fourth term as a member of the Democratic National Committee and is a 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 150 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.
Myron organized four gun buy-back programs during which 1,887 guns were turned in and destroyed. His "Done with Guns" seminar encourages young people to stay away from firearms.
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 is currently in his sixth term on the Council and was elected for the fourth time to serve as Council Chairman in 2011. On July 31, 2009, he was sworn-in as Mayor Pro Tem of Memphis, a position he held until October 26, 2009. Lowery is the only African American Councilman elected At-Large as well as from a Super District. He currently represents more than 330,000 Memphians. Councilman Lowery also served as the Chairman of the Charter Commission.
Councilman Lowery and his wife Mary have one daughter, Carol Reaves and two sons, Carlos Reed and Mickell Lowery.