“Marion Barry died overnight after a brief stay in a Washington D.C. hospital,” said Todd, “Barry rose to national prominence as mayor of Washington D.C. He was a commanding presence for decades. He served four terms as mayor and one term in prison. Marion was a civil rights leader who became mayor, a symbol of self governance for African Americans who put many blacks in positions previously reserved for whites.”
Todd continued, “but he also struggled with addiction and famously was arrested in a sting operation in a Washington hotel. He had been lured there by a former lover. And while that arrest is what many Americans outside Washington remember, for Washingtonians, at least for some of them, they forgive him because of his days as a civil rights leader. Marion Barry was 78.”
Video Courtesy of NBC’s Meet the Press.