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Marion Barry, “Mayor for Life”

Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. (born March 6, 1936) is an American Democratic politician who is serving as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia, representing Washington, D.C.’s Ward 8. Barry served as the second elected mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth mayor from 1995 to 1999. In addition to his current term, Barry also served two other tenures on the D.C. Council, as an At-Large member from 1975–79, and as Ward 8 representative from 1992–95. In the 1960s he was involved in the African-American Civil Rights Movement, serving as the first president of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

Barry came to national prominence as mayor of the national capital, the first prominent civil-rights activist to become chief executive of a major American city; he gave the presidential nomination speech for Jesse Jackson at the 1984 Democratic National Convention. Barry was elected to the D.C. city council in 1992 and ultimately returned to the mayoralty in 1994, serving from 1995 to 1999.

Barry remains a figure of popularity and influence on the local political scene of Washington D.C. The alternative weekly Washington City Paper nicknamed him “Mayor for life,” a designation that remained long after Barry left the mayoralty. The Washington Post has stated that “To understand the District of Columbia, one must understand Marion Barry.”

 

 

 

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This landing page is just the start of Marion Barry’s new website. Information here is temporary and is quoted from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Barry .
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