October 5, 1991 |
Willie Herenton was born into a broken home and spent his early years in segregated schools. He became a boxer and worked his way through school by unloading boxcars. After defeating two-term incumbent Richard Hackett by 172 votes, Herenton, 51, has become Memphis' first black elected mayor. "I think the message is clear. One's deprived background does not have to be a major impediment to success," said Herenton, who won 49.45% of the vote.