About the Program
Marion Barry discusses his upbringing in Mississippi and Memphis, his early political activism, and his experiences as mayor of Washington, DC. Mayor Barry also talks about the scandals that nearly ruined him, his time in prison for cocaine possession, and his return to DC politics following his release. This event was held at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.
Marion Barry, Jr.
Marion Barry, Jr., served four terms as the mayor of Washington, DC, the first three from 1979-1991 and the fourth from 1995-1999. From 1960-1961, he served as the first chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and also served on the DC Board of Education and the DC City Council before being elected mayor of the city in 1978. Marion Barry was re-elected to the DC City Council in 2004, and is currently serving his third straight term.
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