Marion Barry, Jr., a four-term mayor of Washington, DC, has dedicated forty years of his life to public service, living by the motto “always fighting for the people.” The son of a sharecropper and born in Mississippi, he joined the Civil Rights Movement and was elected the first chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). His elected career in Washington, DC, has spanned from 1971 to the present. He is a council member and lives in Washington, DC, with his son, Christopher.
New York Times bestselling author Omar Tyree is the winner of the 2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work—Fiction, and the 2006 Phillis Wheatley Literary Award for Body of Work in Urban Fiction. He has published more than twenty books on African-American people and culture, including five New York Times bestselling novels. He is a popular national speaker, and a strong advocate of urban literacy. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Learn more at OmarTyree.com.