(Washington, DC) – Ward 6 Councilmember-Elect Charles Allen issued the following statement on the passing of Mayor Marion Barry:
Like many people across the District, and across the nation, I was very sad to wake up to the news today of Mayor Barry’s passing.
As a student, I learned about Marion Barry's leadership of SNCC and legacy in the civil rights movement. As a Council staffer, I worked with him on several efforts, for Ward 8 and the city. And as a Councilmember-Elect, I was looking forward to joining him on the dais to continue the work needed for all residents of the District.
Mr. Barry will forever be an icon in DC for his deep commitment to social justice and bold political leadership, as well as his personal generosity and compassion.
My thoughts and prayers are with his family and all of us who mourn his passing.