Almost three decades ago, because of your hard work, I became the first elected Black Mayor in Memphis History.

I ran in 1991 for many of the same reasons I am running for Mayor today: our streets are not safe, our people are suffering, and those in office have forgotten where their power comes from, the People.

I do not make the decision to run for mayor lightly, nor do I take your support for granted.

There is work to be done and I am eager to roll up my sleeves – and together with a top notch, diverse team – move Memphis toward becoming the progressive city it is destined to be.

New ideas

Over 4 decades of public service

old school skill

Dr. W.W. Herenton was born in memphis, TN on april 23,1940

After teaching, serving as principal and a district administrator,
Dr. herenton became the first black superintendent of memphis city schools in 1979

Dr. Herenton’s CV from 1989


Booker T. Washington High School, 1958: High School Diploma

LeMoyne College, 1963: B.S. Elementary Education

Memphis State, 1966: M.A.Educational Administration

Southern Illinois Administration, 1971: Ph.D Educational Administration

Professional Experience:

Shannon Elementary(MCSS), 1963-1967: Fifth Grade Teacher

Memphis City School System, 1967-1968: Administrative Internship

Bethel Grove Elementery(MCSS), 1968-1970: Principal

Southern Illinois University, 1970-1971: Instructor

Kansas State University, Summer 1971: Visiting Professor

Larose Elementry(MCSS), 1971-1973: Principal

Memphis State University, 1973-1978: Part-Time Instructor

Rockefeller Foundation, 1973-1974: Superintendent Training Program (Baltimore and Washington DC, Office of the Superintendent)

University of Tennessee/Memphis State University, 1974-1975: Project Coordinator (Program Evaluation Study)

Memphis City School System, 1975-1979: Deputy Superintendent

Memphis City School System, 1979-: First Black Superintendent in MCSS History.  

Boards, Committees and other Organizations:

Board of Directors: United Way of Greater Memphis

Board of Directors: Chickasaw Council, Boy Scouts of America

Executive Board of Directors: National Conference of Christians and Jews

Board of Directors, Choirmon: Economic Club of Memphis

Advisory Board of Directors: LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center

Member of the Executive Advisory Council: Fogelmon College of Business and Economics

Economics Executive Advisory Council: Memphis Development Foundation

Board of Trustees: National Urban League

National Board of Directors: Junior Achievement, Incorporated

Board of Trustees: LeMoyne-Owen College

Board of Directors: Holiday Corporation

Board of Directors: Memphis Chamber of Commerce


NDEA Fellowship in Geography, Ohio State University, I966

Raymond Foster Memorial Scholarship Award

Outstanding Young Men of America AwardsSouthern Illinois University, 1970

Recipient of The Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship1973-74

Outstanding Service in Education AwardAlpha Kappa Alpha, 1975

Alumnus of the Year, LeMoyne-Owen College, 1976

Service Key AwardPhi Delta Kappa Memphis State University Chapter, 1978

Community Service Award, The National Conference of Christians and Jews, 1979 

Distinguished Service AwardMemphis Chapter NAACP

Citizen of the YearOmega- Epsilon Psi Chapter, 1980

Top I00 School Executives in the United States and Canada, Executive Educator,  1980

Who’s Who Among Black Americans, 1980 Volume

Gridiron Headliner AwardMemphis Media Association, 1980  

Liberty Bell Award, Memphis and Shelby County Bar Association, 1980

Honorary Membership in the Phi Circle of Omicron, Delta Kappa Fraternity, Southwestern at Memphis, 1981

Civic Recognition Award, The Memphis Rotary Club, 1982

Silver Beaver Award, Chickasaw Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1983

Top I00 School Executives in the United States and Canada, Executive Educator, 1984

Distinguished Alumni, National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, 1984

Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree, Rhodes College, 1985

Professional Achievement AwardSouthern Illinois University Alumni Association, 1986 

Professional and Organizational Memberships:



American Management Association

American Association of School Administrators

The National Alliance of Black Educators

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development

The Memphis Rotary Club

The Economic Club of Memphis

NAACP, Memphis Branch

Phi Delta Kappa

Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Delta Boule

then, in 1991, Dr. Herenton resigned as superintendent of Memphis city schools

Just a few Days later He announced he would be running for Mayor.

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