Marion Barry

(Marion Shepilov Barry)

Marion Barry
Marion Barry
  • Born: March 6, 1936
  • Died: November 23, 2014
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









Marion Shepilov Barry was an American politician who served as the second mayor of the District of Columbia from 1979 to 1991, and again as the fourth mayor from 1995 to 1999. A Democrat, Barry had served three tenures on the Council of the District of Columbia, representing as an at-large member from 1975 to 1979 and in Ward 8 from 1993 to 1995, and again from 2005 to 2014. In the 1960s he was involved in the civil rights movement, first as a member of the Nashville Student Movement and then serving as the first chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC).

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Goddamn bitch set me up! Scandals
Government is not guaranteed to work right. Management & Managing Government
He can't run nothing but his mouth. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
I am a great mayor. I am an up-standing Christian man. I am an intelligent man. I am a deeply educated man. I am a humble man. Miscellaneous
I didn't run to be pope. I ran to be mayor. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
If you get into the establishment, they would coopt you … I finally decided though that I could do more from the inside than I could do from the outside. Miscellaneous
If you ignore the homicides, Washington actually has a very low crime rate. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Our children are our future. And our future is in jeopardy. Families, Children & Parenting
Our neighbors in Virginia are just as responsible for these killings as the criminals are because they won't pass strong gun control legislation. Guns & Gun Control
Outside of the killings, we have one of the lowest crime rates in the country. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
There are two kinds of truth. There are real truths and there are made up truths. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
There's no crime in being a poor role model. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You can't win an election with money alone. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Aside from the murders, DC has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.
First, it was not a strip bar, it was an erotic club. And second, what can I say? I'm a night owl.
I am clearly more popular than Reagan. I am in my third term. Where's Reagan? Gone after two! Defeated by George Bush and Michael Dukakis no less.
I am making this trip to Africa because Washington is an international city, just like Tokyo, Nigeria or Israel. As mayor, I am an international symbol. Can you deny that to Africa?
I have to admit I didn't do as much as I should have back when I was mayor, but now we're getting it done. It's not where you've been but where you're going.
I like boxing.
I promise you a police car on every sidewalk.
I read a funny story about how the Republicans freed the slaves. The Republicans are the ones who created slavery by law in the 1600's. Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves and he was not a Republican. Humor
If you take out the killings, Washington actually has a very very low crime rate.
My greatest work comes in the community. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country.
People blame me because these water mains break, but I ask you, if the water mains didn't break, would it be my responsibility to fix them then?
People have criticised me because my security detail is larger than the president's. But you must ask yourself: are there more people who want to kill me than who want to kill the president? I can assure you there are.
The brave men who died in Vietnam, more than 100% of which were black, were the ultimate sacrifice.
The laws in this city are clearly racist. All laws are racist. The law of gravity is racist.
This is not a sham, not a game. This is the real stuff.
What right does Congress have to go around making laws just because they deem it necessary?
When you know more, you can do more.