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Memphis Is Our Home. We Are 901!

March with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Herenton marching with Dr. MLK during sanitation strike.

February 11

1968

First Black Schools Superintendent

In 1979, Herenton became the first Black superintendent of Memphis City Schools.

July

1979

First Black Memphis Mayor

W. W. Herenton – Wikipedia
Herenton became the first African-American to be elected mayor of Memphis

April

1991

Grizzlies Franchise

Its big break came in March 2001, when two NBA franchises — the Vancouver Grizzlies and the Charlotte Hornets — announced interest in moving to Memphis

April

2001

RENAISSANCE MAN AWARD

Development Of Downtown Memphis-The downtown area is the heartbeat of any city. I knew that in order to move this city forward, we had to breathe new life into the downtown area.

January

2004

Blue Crush

The successes of the MPD’s Operation Blue CRUSH™ pilot operation in 2005 suggested a need for a sustained, integrated law enforcement approach in all parts of the city where street crime has adversely affected the quality of life for our citizens.

January

2005

Youth Initiative

A dramatic increase in the crime rate as being committed by the youth Mayor Willie Herenton wants to create 5,000 summer and year-round jobs just for teens.

June

2006

Mayoral Terms

5 time Consecutive Mayor of Memphis

January

'91-'09