(Memphis) A group called “Democratic Municipal Officials” awarded Memphis Mayor A C Wharton for his commitment to improving public education.
While democrats from around the country are making speeches and shaking hands, Memphis is getting a small moment in the spotlight at the Democratic National Convention.
“This is just our way of showing appreciation for his leadership,” said Memphis City Councilman Myron Lowery, who is on the board of Democratic Municipal Officials.
It’s called the Susan Burgess award, recognizing achievements in education.
“I’m just really gratified,” said Wharton.
Lowery said Wharton was picked for the award over five other mayors across the country, “This just another award for him, but it’s significant for us because he’s a role model.”
Lowery says one reason Wharton was selected, was because of his support of public education in the City budget
“Last year, when there was a threat of a school shut down, I said ‘lets put our political things aside and go on and get the money to the schools’,” said Wharton.
The mayor said he’s also proud of expanding the Head Start program and creating the newly formed Education Advisory Panel.
He is also being honored for speaking regularly at public schools and working to end gun violence, touting education as the answer.