Ex-Washington DC mayor Marion Shepilov Barry Jr. died on 23 November 2014 in Washington DC following a brief illness. He was 78.
Earlier in June 2014, he launched his autobiography titled Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry Jr.
Marion Shepilov Barry Jr.
• Elected mayor for four times in 1978, 1982, 1986 and 1994, Marion Shepilov Barry left the mayor’s office for good early in 1999 and then worked as an investment banker.
• Being a member of Democrat party of US, Barry had served three tenures on the Council of the District of Columbia representing as a 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 African-American 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).
• On 18 January 1990, Mayor Barry was arrested on a cocaine charge and went to prison. He was released from prison in 1992 and contested elections the same year where he defeated the four-term incumbent Wilhelmina Rolark by winning 70 percent of the vote.
• In 2004 he was elected to the District of Columbia Council from a hard-pressed section in Southeast Washington, a district he represented until his death.