CBCF Statement on the Passing of Marion Barry

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WASHINGTON – A. Shuanise Washington, President and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) released the following statement on the passing of Marion Barry, former Washington D.C. mayor and councilmember.

“CBCF is deeply saddened by the passing of Marion Barry. We honor the life and mourn the loss of a politician whose career served as a voice and champion of African Americans and people in underserved communities for generations.

“His political savvy and genuine nature brought him to the forefront of Washington, D.C. politics during the Civil Rights Movement and shaped the political and economic landscape of the city for decades. His programs to provide jobs, housing and economic opportunities have left an indelible mark on the citizens of Washington D.C.

“Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with Mr. Barry’s family and those whose lives he touched.”


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