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Marion Barry

Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr. (born March 6, 1936) is an American Democratic politician who is currently serving as a member of the Council of the District of Columbia, representing DC'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 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. His celebrity transformed into international notoriety in January 1990, when Barry was videotaped smoking crack cocaine and arrested by FBI officials on drug charges. The arrest and subsequent trial precluded Barry seeking re-election, and Barry served six months in a federal prison.

Marion Barry ... Crack Mayor Dead ... Dies at 78

Marion Barry
Crack Mayor Dead at 78

Former Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry -- who became nationally famous after an epic cocaine bust that did not derail his career -- died Sunday morning at 78.Barry served 4 terms as Mayor,… READ MORE >

Marion Barry vs. Rob Ford -- Crack Mayor Face-Off

Marion Barry vs. Rob Ford
Crack Mayor Face-Off!!!

They are the founding members of a very exclusive fraternity, but we had to settle it once and for all … who is the better crack mayor: Marion Barry or Rob Ford? After those two, filling out… READ MORE >

- 1009 days ago
Marion Barry -- Rob Ford 'Can't Match My Record'

Marion Barry
Mayor Rob Ford He Eats My Dust

Former D.C. mayor Marion Barry says Toronto mayor Rob Ford can't hold a candle to him --  problem is ... we can't tell if he's talking about political accomplishments or drug use. Our photog… READ MORE >

- 1010 days ago
Anthony Weiner Is Worse Than ... ???

Anthony Weiner Is Worse Than ... ???

Anthony Weiner was drummed out of office for his salacious online antics during his off time. But plenty of politicians have arguably survived worse misdeeds. So ... whaddya think? Whaddya think… READ MORE >

- 2112 days ago
Marion Barry on Charlie Sheen: I Don't Know About It

Marion Barry on Charlie Sheen: I Don't Know About It

If there's one person who has gotten in more trouble in a hotel room than Charlie Sheen, it's Marion Barry. But when we caught up with the former DC mayor on Friday, he said he didn't know… READ MORE >

- 2343 days ago

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