“Mayor for Life” Marion Barry shaped modern Washington during his 30-year political career.
By Adoria Doucette
While hundreds of dignitaries flocked to the nation’s capital last week to pay tribute to Marion Barry, the late Mayor and City Council member would have been most proud of the tens of thousands of young people, elderly, and average District residents that lined the streets for three days of celebration. Over nine hours of official events took place throughout Washington, prior to Barry being laid to rest. Within 12 hours of his death, a group of local residents gathered in front of his home in Southeast Washington and led a candlelight vigil through the streets of his beloved city. For 11 days, the city and the world responded with respect for the service that Barry provided the average men, women and children of Washington, D.C. during his 30 years in power. The culmination of this celebration was marked with tributes from an entire roster of regional government, business, and community leaders. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich reflected fondly on Barry’s attention to government effectiveness. Attorney General Eric Holder, and Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett attended the funeral to pay their respects. His Eminence Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, led an interfaith prayer for peace and unity. The entire city focused on the extraordinary life and positive impact this man had on our city.
Washington evolved in enormous ways during Barry’s lifetime. Much of this change was due to his tireless efforts for progress. The Mayor for Life’s death on November 23rd marked a moment in time that must be properly acknowledged by all, and learned from for our next Mayor.
Power Source is an insider’s view of power networks and activities that contribute to the continued dominance of our nation’s ideals, institutions and individuals. Ms. Doucette has privately orchestrated projects for the world’s most influential individuals, celebrated personalities, and corporations. Based in Washington D.C., Ms. Doucette is a proud native of New Orleans, Louisiana. She can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org