Marion Barry

Politician (March 6, 1936 – November 23, 2014) An activist and four-term mayor of Washington, D.C., Marion Barry was born the son of a sharecropper in Mississippi. A participant in the civil rights movement, he became active in electoral politics in the early 1970s. His first elected role was as city councilman in D.C., a post he assumed in 1974. He went on to serve three terms as mayor of the city, from 1979 to 1991, becoming known as a champion for the poor as well as committed to lowering crime and establishing jobs in the nation's capital. In 1990, he was arrested as the result of an FBI operation which videotaped him smoking crack cocaine. After a trial, conviction on one count of possession and a six-month prison sentence, the still-popular Barry won re-election in 1995. Barry passed away at the age of 78 on November 23, 2014.

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Watch Marion Barry's Memorial Service

BET.com will live stream the memorial service for the former mayor of Washington, D.C., Marion Barry, on Saturday Dec. 6, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Barry died on Nov. 23 at the age of 78.

TMZ Urged to Apologize for Marion Barry 'Crack Mayor' Headline

Petition asks gossip site to honor Barry "the right way."

The Life and Times of Marion Barry

A look at the life of the controversial and charismatic Marion Barry.

Update: Marion Barry, Former DC Mayor, Dies at 78

Civil rights leader collapsed outside his home, rep confirms.

In His New Book, Marion Barry Says His Story Is One of Second Chances

After his 1990 incident of being videotaped with a woman smoking cocaine, the former DC mayor says his life has been a story of redemption.

Marion Barry Writes of 'Power, Attraction and Drugs' in New Memoir

Washington D.C.'s former mayor Marion Barry released a new memoir, "Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.," that details his work in civil rights, but goes light on his controversies.
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