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Barry, Marion

b. 1936

First elected mayor of Washington, D.C. in 1978, Marion Barry had served three terms when he was arrested by the FBI on drug charges in 1990. He spent six months in federal prison. Following his release, Barry was elected to the city council and was elected to a fourth term as mayor in 1994. Prior to entering politics, Barry was active in the civil rights struggle. In the 1960s, he was elected the first chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and organized a chapter in Washington, D.C. After leaving SNCC, Barry co-founded Pride Inc., a jobs program for unemployed black men, and served on the school board. Barry currently serves on the city council, representing the 8th Ward.

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Letter from Marion Barry and Edward B. King to MLK

Marion Barry and Edward B. King, Jr. extend their gratitude to Dr. King for his work, which has helped the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in its efforts.

SNCC Annual Conference Program 1960

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee concludes their annual conference with a rally featuring prominent student leaders. This program outlines the itinerary for the last event of the three day conference and includes SNCC's Statement of Purpose.

Telegram from Marion Barry and Edward Biking to MLK

The Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee extends gratitude to Dr. King for his deep commitment to the concept of nonviolence and a free society while he is incarcerated in the Dekalb County Jail.