Marion Shepilov Barry, Jr.
(born March 6
) served as Democratic mayor
of Washington, D.C
. He was forced to leave office as a result of a crack cocaine
arrest, but afterward was elected to the D.C. council and ultimately the mayoralty, serving a new term from 1995
Barry was born in Itta Bena, Mississippi. He grew up in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated from LeMoyne College there. He joined the US civil rights movement and was elected the first chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee.