A Respected Councilman
I spent the morning following Councilman Myron Lowery as he showed his solidarity and respect to some of the hardest working people in the City of Memphis, the men and women of the Sanitation Department. The Councilman, wearing the “I AM A MAN” shirt in recognition of the 1968 Memphis Sanitation Strike, helped empty trash dumpsters. I have always been impressed with Mr. Lowery’s quiet demeanor, though you should not confuse this with a lack of action. Over the years Mr. Lowery has been in the forefront of many issues concerning this city: from crime, to education, to health care. This gentle man has stood for this City and deserves our respect and admiration.
As a fifteen-year community organizer, and executive director of a successful nonprofit I have had the opportunity to meet many of our elected leaders. Some were sincere, but lacked talent; some were talented but lacked vision; and some had vision but lacked scruples. In the end it is us the public that will suffer, as it should be. If we are not willing to ask the tough questions, and demand accountability then we will get what we deserve.
In the shadow of the Tennessee Waltz I believe the time is long overdue that we demand more from our elected officials. It is time we stop being swayed by flash, and glitter. We can not allow politicians to manipulate us like pawns on a chess board.
I believe Councilman Lowery represents the type of leadership and character we should demand from all our elected officials.