Marion Barry

The difference between the flawed former mayor of Washington, D.C., and the feckless former president is vast, but I understand Trump's cultlike following because I used to love Marion Barry.
Gentrification is not just the buying up of land once inhabited by Black folks — it's also the naming of things.
A fellow politician reflects on Ford's political career, which has always defied critics and expectations.
The life of Marion Barry Jr. so eerily parallels the HBCU narrative, so closely resembles the tragedy and triumph of our institutions and culture, that his death almost feels like the precursor to our own culture wake.