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Government is not guaranteed to work right.




Marion Barry. 1936-2014, Mayor, Washington DC (Democrat), Quoted in Washingtonian, April 1989

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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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