Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III, released this statement in honor of the passing of Councilman and Former Mayor Marion Barry:
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Councilman and Former Mayor Marion Barry. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends, colleagues and constituents.
Marion Barry was more than a politician, he was and will forever be an icon. He spent his life fighting for those who did not know how to fight for themselves. From his days as a civil rights leader, Marion Barry ascended from the streets of the city to become Mayor of the District of Columbia. He was committed to making a difference in people’s lives – a visionary, who saw the potential of the city and believed that everyone deserved a fair opportunity to fulfill their potential.
Like so many others, I credit Marion Barry with giving me my first job, and he would remind me every time he saw me. I also credit him with being a wonderful example of what leaders of government can and should do to change lives and communities. Whether it was investing in youth employment or supporting local businesses, his impact on the city and this region will last for generations to come. The District of Columbia we see today and will experience into the future would not be where it is without him.
He is an inspiration to us all, and the people of Prince George’s County will never forget this incredible man, his legacy of service and his unwavering commitment providing a hand up to those who needed it most. He was truly a man of the people and it is why he will always be known and loved by so many as the “Mayor for Life.”
On behalf of the 900,000 residents of Prince George’s County, we send our condolences to our neighbors, our friends, and our family members in the District of Columbia for their loss.”