by Gloria Dulan-Wilson
This is in response to a link I received from one of Lincoln U classmates in reference to an article on MARION BARRY – DC’s GREATEST MAYOR –
I considered Marion Barry a dear friend, ally, hero, and genius. He had a love for DC; he was leader, activist turned politician and Mayor – he became Mayor of DC because the previous ones were useless and clueless and certainly had no regard for the mostly Black population of Chocolate City. He made it his business to make sure Black businesses got a break in the lucrative contracts that came through the Nation’s Capitol; and he did his best to make sure that the CONGRESSIONAL BLACK CAUCUS dropped some of the millions they wasted in caucusing in the Black community – including having at least one major event at HOWARD UNIVERSITY – the City’s signature HBCU – something none of the other mayors have done since coming into office – WONDER WHY THAT IS??? HMMMMM…???
Anyone who saw that video of the FBI trying to get the woman to trap Marion into taking a snort of cocaine probably thought it was a skit from Saturday Night Live – it was so comical and amateurish – and obviously a trap – one that Marion was on to – or at least had misgivings – because the more the tried to leave the woman’s house, the more she blocked the door and insisted that he at least try it once – “just a little; just for me.” You see the FBI had threatened her if she did not cooperate in trapping him. His weakness was that he figured that if he did just one sniff, he could get her from in front of door and he could leave. Of course they tried to hang him with that one little half-assed whiff – but the ENTIRE BLACK WORLD SAW WHAT HAPPENED AND WERE NOT FOOLED BY IT. So though the whites trumped up charges to have him incarcerated – and he served his time; BLACKS IN DC RE-ELECTED HIM MAYOR – because they knew that he loved them, and they loved him back. WHITES ARE ALWAYS AMAZED WHEN WE DON’T FALL FOR THEIR ISH – LOL!
I first met Marion in the 70’s – but it was very brief – He had married my former classmate and friend, Effie Slaughter (that was from my Hampton Institute Days, before I went to Lincoln University) – we all wondered how that happened, because Effie was the furthermost thing from an activist Back in the day.
I later met him again in 1985 when I first began covering the Congressional Black Caucus, and we became friends – and remained so throughout the rest of his career and his life. Marion had a heart for DC – and his example should be followed. The concept of building up the Black community and using DC local talent and skill to do so is something that Marion championed all his life. Not only does he deserve a statue in his honor, he deserves schools, communities, a song, and an entire history lesson on all the good that was and still is and will for ever be MARION BARRY – A FINE BLACK MAN.
Stay Blessed &
bullet Columnist Gloria Dulan-Wilson Is a veteran New York City Journalist. Her experiences, perspective & sense of history are an invaluable combination. “check out my blog:” www.gloria-dulan-wilson.blogspot.com