Former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry Dies

November 23, 2014  |  

Former Washington DC mayor Marion Barry died Sunday morning at the age of 78.

Marion Barry was DC’s beloved “Mayor for Life.” He was a civil rights leader, political game changer and true survivor. Marion served four terms as mayor in Washington DC. However, most people do not remember him for his true legacy and gifts to Washington, DC, instead they remember one incident.

In 1990 a FBI agent recorded Barry smoking crack cocaine in a hotel. Marion claimed it was his former girlfriend and was sentenced six months in jail. In an excerpt from his autobiography he stated, “When you start giving black people real money, opportunities and a real sense of pride in themselves that was taken away from us, that’s when outside people get mad. That’s what the Vista Hotel was all about… The drugs, the alcohol and women; they don’t really mind about all that. They care, of course, but they get extra sensitive when you start hitting them in the pocket.”

However, his time in jail did not derail his career. Four years later, Marion was reelected for his fourth term as mayor. During this year, Marion solidified himself as a political legend. He became an ally to Ward 8 and created jobs for African Americans. Marion was truly a great story of redemption for the city of Dc.

In the more recent years, his health began to take a major toll on him. He suffered from diabetes and high blood pressure.

A statement from his family read, “It is with deep regret that the family of former four-time D.C. Mayor, and Ward 8 City Councilman, Marion S. Barry, Jr., announces that he has passed.”

Marion Barry was truly a political icon for the city of Washington DC.

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