I am deeply saddened by the passing of my colleague and friend, Marion Barry.
Marion Barry dedicated his life to public service. He came to the nation’s capital decades ago to join other community leaders in the civil rights movement. I am proud that Ward 5 was home to his activism early on when he led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which was headquartered at 107 Rhode Island Avenue NW. Marion Barry would go on to accomplish so much for residents and businesses in the District of Columbia as an elected School Board Member, DC Councilmember, and Mayor.
Marion Barry touched so many lives, including my own. Growing up in the District, I vividly recall stories of his political successes as well as his personal struggles. As a teenager, I benefited from his summer jobs program, especially his Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute. I appreciated his generosity of time and spirit, and am honored to have served alongside him on the Council. I have an abundance of respect for Mr. Barry and will remember him for, and continue to be inspired by, his fierce activism, bold leadership, and sincere compassion for others.
My thoughts and prayers are with Christopher Barry and Cora Masters Barry, his extended family, and all who were privileged to count him as a friend. Today, everyone in the District of Columbia, and many across the country, are grieving the loss of Marion Barry. God bless Mayor Barry. May he rest in peace.