Thousands of mourners gathered in our nation’s capital on Saturday to pay their final respects to DC’s former mayor Marion Barry. Barry was known as the capital district’s “mayor for life” after serving four terms in office that were marred by scandals. The service lasted four hours at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Saturday marked the final day of memorial services for Barry, who remained a politician despite a cocaine conviction in 1990. He served six months in prison but was later elected to his fourth term for a remarkable comeback.
Barry died this past November and left a legacy as the most famous local leader of the District of Columbia. In Barry’s time as mayor, he expanded economic opportunity for the city’s black majority and revitalizing downtown Washington. Two dozen people spoke at the 4 1/2 –hour service. The service never appeared half-full. Reverend Jesse Jackson called Barry a “freedom fighter” and labeled him an architecht of the new South and the new America. “Marion Barry emancipated Washington.” The leader of the Nation of Islam, Reverend Louis Farrakhan spoke during the service give Barry credit for the success of the Million Man March in 1995. READ MORE AT EXAMINER.COM
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