Marion Barry Funeral Details via DC Mayor’s Office:
Mayor Vincent C. Gray, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and representatives of the family of Marion S. Barry, Jr. today released the details of memorial event for the late Ward 8 Councilmember and former Mayor of the District of Columbia.“From his days as a leader on the front lines of the civil rights movement to his work to fight poverty and advance Home Rule for the District, Marion Barry leaves behind an incredible legacy,” said Mayor Gray. “It is fitting that we come together as a city to celebrate this legacy and allow the entire District to say goodbye to the ‘Mayor for Life.’”The schedule of memorial events is as follows:Thursday, December 4 to Friday, December 59:00 a.m.: Brief ceremony to receive Mayor Barry’s casket at the Wilson Building, where his remains will lie in repose for 24 hours.John A. Wilson Building1350 Pennsylvania Avenue NWFriday, December 510:00 a.m.: Mayor Barry’s body to travel to one of the churches he regularly attended3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.: Musical and video tribute celebrating Mayor Barry’s 40 years of public service6:00 pm – 9:00 p.m.: Community memorial serviceTemple of Praise700 Southern Avenue SESaturday, December 68:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Thousands to attend a celebration of Mayor Barry’s life and legacyWalter E. Washington Convention CenterHalls C & D801 Mount Vernon Place NW8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Viewing11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Memorial ServicePrivate burial immediately following
Washington, DC’s iconic four-term “Mayor For Life”, Ward 8 council member and civil rights activist Marion Barry has reportedly passed. He was 78.
A spokeswoman for the councilman confirmed that he died shortly after midnight Sunday at United Medical Center in Washington. A cause of death has not yet been announced but Barry reportedly suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure and kidney issues. He was in and out of the hospital frequently over the years due to his decline in health.
Cathy Hughes, Founder and Chairperson of Radio One, Inc. released the following statement on the passing of Marion Barry, former Washington D.C. Mayor and Councilmember.
“The Radio One Family is deeply saddened by the passing of our dear, Mayor for Life, Marion Barry. He was an incredible human-being, sent by God to empower and improve the lives of African-Americans; and his love and commitment to our community was unwavering. As a leader, his political savvy positively impacted the economic and social standing of black people in D.C. like no other. We are, so very grateful, to have had the opportunity to honor him and his life’s work, with Marion Barry Day (Oct. 23, 2014), literally one month to the day of his passing. All of our Washington D.C. radio stations were flooded with callers and well-wishers praising him for his work. And what a blessing it is, to have the memory of his humble and gracious spirit, as he was moved to tears at the outpouring of love for him. Marion Barry will be dearly missed and forever in our hearts.
Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with his family and staff during their time of bereavement.”
Radio One sends our condolences to Marion Barry’s family.