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Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.

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Four-time mayor of Washington, DC, Marion Barry, Jr. tells his shocking and courageous life story, beginning in the cotton fields in Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world.

Known nationally as the disgraced mayor caught on camera smoking crack cocaine in a downtown hotel room with a mistress, Marion Barry Jr. has led a controversial career. This provocative, captivating narrative follows the Civil Rights activist, going back to his ...

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Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.

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Overview

Four-time mayor of Washington, DC, Marion Barry, Jr. tells his shocking and courageous life story, beginning in the cotton fields in Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world.

Known nationally as the disgraced mayor caught on camera smoking crack cocaine in a downtown hotel room with a mistress, Marion Barry Jr. has led a controversial career. This provocative, captivating narrative follows the Civil Rights activist, going back to his Mississippi roots, his Memphis upbringing, and his academic school days, up through his college years and move to Washington, DC, where he became actively involved in Civil Rights, community activism, and bold politics.

In Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, Jr. tells all—including the story of his campaigns for mayor of Washington, his ultimate rise to power, his personal struggles and downfalls, and the night of embarrassment, followed by his term in federal prison and ultimately a victorious fourth term as mayor. From the man who, despite the setbacks, boldly served the community of Washington, DC, this is his full story of courage, empowerment, hope, tragedy, triumph, and inspiration.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781593095055
  • Publisher: Strebor Books
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 62,684
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

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.” He has published more than twenty books on African-American people and culture, including five New York Times bestselling novels. He is an NAACP Image Award Winner in Outstanding Literature, a popular national speaker, and a strong advocate of urban literacy. Born and raised in Philadelphia, he lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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. His books include Boss Lady, Diary of a Groupie, Leslie, Just Say No!, For the Love of Money, Sweet St. Louis, Single Mom, A Do Right Man, and Flyy Girl. He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina. Learn more at OmarTyree.com.

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  • Posted June 21, 2014

    If you live in the DC area, you GOTTA get this book!

    Ok so we all remember when Mayor Barry got caught on tape saying "The b****h set me up!", but now he is telling his story. Through all the ups and downs, any Washingtonian will tell you that Marion Barry has done more for this city than any other politician in a long time. He tells his story of growing up and how life lessons have taught him the necessary skills to make a difference in politics and civil rights activism. The book is candid and relatable and once you pick this book up you won't want to put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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