Friday, July 19
Anacostia Arts Center
Many people remember Marion Barry as the philandering drug-addled mayor of the nation’s capital, the one who famously uttered the phrase “bitch set me up” as he was arrested during an FBI sting in 1990. He’s the poster boy for corruption, a pariah. Yet to others, Marion Barry is a folk hero. He’s hailed as a civil rights champion, a defender of the poor and outcast. His soaring achievements, catastrophic failures and phoenix-like rebirths have made him a symbol of mythic indestructibility. From the cotton fields to the corridors of power, Barry has weathered drug and alcohol addiction, cancer, 4 marriages, jail time and international humiliation to dominate Washington DC city politics for more than 40 years. Now, to the disgust of some and the delight of others, Barry is once again in the political limelight. Who is Marion Barry, really? A hero? A scoundrel? Why is he such a polarizing force? And why do people still vote (overwhelmingly) for him? For the first time, The Nine Lives of Marion Barry reveals the complete unforgettable story.