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doctorate degree just short of his dissertation, when he quit school to go to work with the student non-violent coordinating committee and forewent the completion of his phd he learned 180 chemical equations that he shared with his son, christopher, on several occasions and could still recite them in these late years of his life. bible says that a tree is known by the fruit that it bears. so if you want to know and understand the fruit you need to check the tree. christopher marion barry exudes with his father. we are going to hear -- i was asked to sit with him as he
prepared what he was going to say. after i listened i said christopher i don't need to say anything but just say what you just told me and it will be the greatest tribute that you could ever give to your father. brothers and sisters i want you to stand on your feet and receive marion christopher barry who, in turn after he speaks will introduce the honorable minister. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> first off, i want to give honor to god. he is the planner and doer of all things. through his plan there is no
imperfections and no faults and no mistakes. i want to thank the community. i want to thank everybody that has been praying for our family everybody that has lifted us up in prayer. i can truly feel the prayers and it has helped me through this hard time. it has empowered me. i feel the embracement. these past few days have been a wonderful tribute. everything has been appropriate. everything has been fitting. i want to thank personally my step mother. without her her vision none of this could have pulled off in the manner it was with the detail and pageantry and the wide range of supporters that are here. so first i want to speak on the man, marion barry. many of us knew marion barry in
a lot of different capacities. some of you knew marion barry the community activist. some of you knew marion barry the politician. some of you just knew marion barry as a friend. today i wanted to speak on the side of marion barry i knew, just as being his son. [ applause ] first off, first side of marion barry i wanted to speak on was marion barry the teacher and the chemist. i remember many nights when i was in the seventh grade and struggling with chemistry and he would sit me down. like i said he knew the periodic table like the back of his hand years later. i'm not talking about a chemist in the classroom sense, the chemist in the formulas he used for his leadership and why he
was such an effective leader. you know, in chemistry you have elements and you combine them together they create a compound. and he had some compounds for the way he handled his business. he said if you take one part courage and one part determination you can accomplish any goal. if you take one part faith and one part prayer you can protect yourself from any harm. if you find yourself short on resources and feel like you can't get something done and short on money and resources all you need is unity and have your people behind you and you can get anything done. the second side of marion barry i wanted to talk about was marion barry the gardner. not that he had a green thumb or planted plants or flowers or
anything, i mean a gardner in the theoretical sense. he was a man -- what does a gardner do? he sees a strip of land tills the soil chases the snakes away, removes the bugs, removes the weeds. so you have a fertile soil. then with that fertile soil what do you do? you plant seeds. you plant seeds and water it and make sure it gets the proper sun light and the proper nourishment. he planted seeds in people's lives and planted hope in people that didn't have hope. he planted seeds in the city. he grew and still values in people's hearts and also grew physical things. he saw a barren lot full of warehouses and a parking lot and he created this building we are standing in now, this convention center.
he grew that out of the ground. he grew the verizon center. he is responsible for the revitalization of shaw. he is the one that laid that foundation and planted those seeds. then i want to talk about marion barry the father. i remember i was 13 and he took me to his hometown in mississippi and to clarks dale and mccomb and greenwood, mississippi, the headquarters of jim crow and white supremacy and oppression for our people. i got a chance to see what a real cottonfield looked like and what a shotgun house looked like and see people living on the bottom and what did it take to come from a place like this and rise to greatness. he said, you know, man on the left is weak and the man on the right is weak.
i'm weak. you have to build and uplift your brothers with you. you can't feel like you are better than the next man. money and power can be stripped from you. if you have strength in your people you have unity you can carry on. i have carried that with me and that was one of the things that always stuck with me. and it was times that my father loved his people, loved the city and times i didn't feel like he was always had the time to spend with me as a father. but one thing he taught me is that love is a force that doesn't -- that always recycles. the love that he had for people and the love that he passed on to others when it was times he wasn't there it was other people that embraced me. even though i didn't have my father i had extended family all over the city. i never felt his absence because
i always felt his love through others even if it wasn't directly through him. in saying that by that love he gave it's not a person in this city or a corner of the city that he hasn't touched. and in knowing that marion barry will never die because he has taught us how to stand up as black men. he has taught us how to live among each other and work together with each other. his spirit will never die. as long as we take the things he taught us and the values they say d.c. will never be the same because marion barry is gone. you are right. because now there are thousands and millions of marion barrys out here. he will never die. he is immortal now. i just want to say i have lost my father, but i always have my spiritual father.
in 1991 at the old convention center on ninth street when he was going through his trial and a lot of friends had abandoned him. that was the first time i met minister minister. that empowered me and left the biggest impression on me. i seen his friends leave him and business people leave him. i had an army of black soldiers behind us. i always knew that. i just wanted to let you know that always meant the world to me. you embrace each other's friends and more than just being black leaders i knew that that was his brother. it's just only appropriate that on this day i am able to introduce the minister and bring him on. so i just want to thank everyone.
every human being that we see and that we don't see has come into existence because of that same one god. to sister cora, masters barry, to marion christopher barry to all of the brothers and sisters and all of those who made these four days possible from the depth of my heart i thank you for putting together a program
our mayor, but not just a local figure, but a man whose work was both national and international. i was introduced to mayor barry by my esteemed brother reverend jesse lewis jackson and i found in mayor barry a brother, a companion in struggle, a man who loved god and loved the people of god and loved humanity as a
whole and sometimes my dear christopher dad wasn't always there because some of us that come into this life are born for a higher purpose than just to work for our families and our vanities, but to work for a people and to work for humanity. such a man was marion barry. i was here in washington when my brother went through his great trial. and the reporter from one of the washington newspapers came to me
with a question but before she asked her question she was building me up as some moral giant, somebody who was married and had a good life and didn't use drugs. and what do you think, she said of a man who broke his marital vows and used drugs and -- >> i said who are you talking about, john fitzgerald kennedy? [ applause ] now, that ended the press
never have happened in any other city at any other time but washington, d.c. in the time of mayor marion barry. his wife and all of this team that came together to put on this program with reverend willie wilson and dr. dorothy hygen, so many we call for 1 million men and 2 million nearly showed up in this city. mayor barry was a principal helper in that effort. 25,000 orphans found a home after that march.
1.3 million new voters came on the voter roll after that march. fathers and husbands went back to wives and families and tried to make a new start. but in this world when you do good for the masses you are not loved by those who suck the blood of the masses to maintain their wealth, influence and power. i'm going to close now.
in this audience are the elders of the children of israel. i love your singing your spirit. you prove that you are the people of god worthy for us to live for and worthy for us to give our lives for. the young people are rising all over america because somebody sowed some seeds out there that germinated. the bible says cast your bread upon the waters. and after many days you will see it coming back to you.
thank you, reverend jackson. thank you dr. king, thank you malcolm x. thank you elijah mohammed. thank you for all of those who went before us because we could not be where we are if it were not for those who went before us. it is on the shoulders of yesterday that barack has a today. so to the elders don't get tired. don't get weary. don't think about retiring.
a lion as long as it has teeth does not retire. a lion will continue to hunt until death overtakes it. there's a lion asleep in judah who will waken pussy cats cannot arise lions. it takes lions who roar to awaken a lion that has been trained to think he's a pu isssy cat. now, martin king on the last
night of his life -- and i have to say this as a follower of the honorable elijah mohammed i grew to love dr. king more in depth than i ever appreciated him in life. and it is a grave injustice to narrow that man's life down to some cheap words "i have a dream." they did not kill our brother because he had a dream. they killed him because he was on an evolutionary path of growth and development. and if you hear the final words
that he spoke you would know why they assassinated him. but he said, i'm not fearing any man. that's our problem. we are fearing men. and that's what chokes us when we meet the adversary. we talk with garbled speech because we want to win friends rather than tell the truth that justice may come. i'm not fearing any man. i have been to the mountain top. i have looked over and i have
seen not the promise sky not a false promise of nearness to our oppressor and a little money. he said i have seen the promised land. i may not get there with you, he said, but we as a people will get to the promised land. now, elders the elders of israel didn't get to the promised land because they were afraid of some giants. mayor barry challenged forces. he was not a coward.
and cowards should not speak his name. so when the elders wouldn't go in because some giants were there god said i will let them die in the wilderness and i will take their children and they will inhabit the promised land. our children are rising today. and they don't see giants. i wonder why. there's a man in this picture as i close, named jesus. and some man came to jesus. jesus asked him, how do you see men? he said i see them as trees. jesus knew the man wasn't seeing
right. so he put some spittle on his eyes and then asked the man, how do you see men now? and the man said i see them as they are. there are no giants here that cannot be conquered in the name of god. there is no mountain too high that we cannot climb in the name of god. if that legacy of that great man is to continue and it will then let's rise up from this hallowed ground and go back to work on the struggle for freedom, justice and equality. thank you for these few moments. [ applause ]
our dear beloved sister who represents us in the congress. she worked with marion barry, the student nonviolent coordinating committee. she has been a soldier for justice and righteousness in the congress and in our nation has served the district for any number of years, has done such a great job, is automatic when it comes time for her to take her place again on the congress as a seat, please receive and welcome congress woman eleanor holmes norton as she comes. come on d.c.
[ cheers and applause ] >> thank you reverend wilson. members of congress, all of you who have served have had the privilege of serving as mayors of the district of columbia as members of the city council of the district of columbia, public officials from all over the country and the world reverend, clergy friends of marion barry jr. all. i offer my love and condolences yet again. i have been asked to speak about marion barry whom i first met when we were both in the student nonviolent coordinating
committee or sncc. in speaking about marion, a son of the civil rights movement i speak not only for myself today, i speak in memory of some who knew and worked with marion but have passed on for others of his movement colleagues who wanted to be here today but could not, and for still others who are here. the role of those who first worked with marion in the movement is much too long to call, my friends, but among them are and were john lewis frank
smith, joyce and dory ladner ruby robinson cortland cox, diane nash james stokely carmichael, fanny lou hamer, ela baker, gloria richardson bernard lafayette and the rev. jesse jackson who will deliver the eulogy here today. all of us knew marion barry when he was being formed as a man by the civil rights movement. years later we were in washington when marion and i had different roles. i used to tease him on the dance floor about bringing those cotton chopping moves to the big
city as marion did what he called dancing. he laughed. knowing that this was my way as a d.c. girl from up south of saying to my own old friend from the southern movement you have come a long way, buddy from picking cotton in mississippi to running the nation's capitol. [ applause ] but those cotton picking roots served marion barry jr. well. he challenged poverty by working himself out of it. coming from the cotton fields of
mississippi he said i was used to hard work. it doesn't bother me. that's what he wrote in his autobiography. but it was the civil rights movement that equipped marion to challenge segregation and prepare him to become our mayor. if you want to understand marion barry don't start with his years as mayor. go first to the boy who chopped cotton at 7 while going to school in a one-room schoolhouse and sold newspapers and rags in memphis. then go to his first years as a
man and you will find marion barry in the civil rights movement. for marion it was those beginnings in share cropping poverty deep in the mississippi that led him to the civil rights movement. that childhood embedded in him a dedication to civil rights and to the poor throughout his years as mayor and as ward a council member. as a child he saw share cropping binds black people to the plantation economy and make any attempt to vote a life threatening act. i had no choice but to join the
civil rights movement, he said. the injustice of segregation was all around me. marion barry as a boy knew only segregation. marion barry as a man groomed himself to challenge segregation. he had used his fine mind and pension for hard work to write his own ticket into the professional class but marion gave up his chemistry graduate school fellowship along with his phd although he had finished all coursework except for the thesis. marion could not resist the call of the movement. he moved from chemistry classes
to james lawson's nonviolent resistance work shops and to leadership along with diane nash in the nashville sit ins to raleigh where he became the first chair of the student nonviolent coordinating committee and to the mississippi movement and the work of the mississippi freedom democratic party. during those years marion not only steeped himself in nonviolent resistance, but in active strategic organization. what marion learned about organizing in the deep south held him in good stead for the rest of his life. he brought community organizing to the district of columbia and
organized his way into the leadership of this city. a man can choose to escape and forget childhood poverty and nearly reminisce about his early years in the movements. instead, marion joined his childhood poverty with his life-changing years in the civil rights movement to form his own world view. whatever else you may take from marion barry's life we must recognize the roots that shakeped him.
today we rejoice that the civil rights movement brought him to the next or is it the last frontier for civil rights. people will choose their own part of marion barry's life to remember, but here in the district of columbia here among those of us who still struggle for statehood, let us always celebrate marion barry jr. freedom fighter. [ cheers and applause ]
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can ♪ ♪ ♪ my brother and sister ♪ i have been asked to ask that you please do not snap pictures with your cell phones as i see them flashing now as i speak. they are interrupting with what is being videoed and also the family requests that you not do so. thank you very much. please regard the screens at this time for a video tribute
from former congressman newt gingrich. should i say there are many civil right leaders in california today oprah winfrey is doing a series on the civil rights movement save if that they would be here today. there is this video who is there to be followed by the mayor of this city, mayor vincent gray who has done far above and beyond the call of duty at helping to facilitate this great four days that we are celebrating. we do thank him so much. he will be coming along with former mayors anthony williams sharon pratt and the mayor of newark, new jersey whom i must
apologize to publicly, last time i saw him he was a student and i locked him up in union temple and would not let him out because we were to shut down the 14th street bridge to say to those who are allowing the guns and drugs to come into the city, if we could stop the traffic, then they could stop the guns and the drugs coming to our city. so, after the video and all the former mayors of d.c. along with the mayor of newark, new jersey, baraka, to be followed by prince county's executive and mayor marc morial, president of the national urban league, whose father came into office as mayor even the same time that marion
berry did. give them a round of applause after the video. thank you very much. >> he was a remarkable citizen as city councilman neighborhood activist and civil rights leader. the most remarkable thing about his career was his passion for the people of washington and particularly for the very poorest neighborhoods in washington. his commitment year after year to do everything he could to improve the lives of people. of all the folks i worked with when i was speaker, i think marion barry was the most people-oriented in dealing with washington, d.c.'s problems. in the meetings i had with him, he was always concerned that we remember there are poor neighborhoods, poor schools, places where there are folks who need extra help and that we have an obligation to remember them and to reach out to try to improve their lives.
with his help, we did a number of things that improved washington that would not have occurred without his leadership and his support. so, i think all of us should take a moment to remember that you can be a remarkable citizen. you can make a big difference you can lead a life worth studying, and you leave a big mark. we will all remember him with affection, with respect and with an amazing sense that here was an american who made a real difference in our national capital. >> i remember meeting marion barry at the organization meeting of the student on volunteer committee in raleigh north carolina in april of 1960. and he was already well known to me as were most of the leadership figures of the civil rights movement because we've
seen their pictures in the paper. occasionally we've seen them on tv. and he was an impressive guy. you know, he was tall, he was commanding, he was outspoken. he wasn't afraid to say whatever it was he wanted to say. he cut a swath through the people there. he was an impressive guy. i'm so curious as to why in eulogizing him, people talk about him as mayor, his public life, but nobody talks about this time with the student volunteer committee. he was a band of young brothers and sisters young people, who dropped out of school, who agreed to sacrifice their education to fight for justice and freedom and i hope that at this ceremony that i'm missing, because i can't be there, that there will be more people to talk about that. if i were the people, many of them will talk about it and many of them will talk about it over and over and over again and i'm sorry to miss it.
who live in the district of columbia, i want to once again extend as others have done, our deepest sympathies to former first lady, and to marion christopher barry who spoke so eloquently when he was up here earlier. while marion is absent in body, i think we all know that he is fully present in spirit in this place today isn't he ladies and gentlemen? though he is no longer with us we also know how much he contributed to the growth and to the development his beloved
district of columbia. there are there are so many marion barry stories, so many instances in which the mayor for life changed someone's life or opened the door of opportunity for a person or for a community. like many other washingtonens, i choose to remember marion barry to his life-long commitment to building up our city and working to free from congressionally imposed shackles the servitude to which we were relegated to here in the district of columbia. marion's own story is replete with which witnessing injustices here and around the country. he knew well the daunting height
of the barry of advancement and success faced by african-americans in this nation. he was especially gifted in making it for us and all of the rest of us. when marion barry came to washington in 1965, he saw a city that in many ways was every bit as segregated as the mississippi of his childhood. he saw a black city which was ruled not by its residents but a congress in which residents had no voting voice and he also learned that congress had delegated oversight of this city to its most conservative, white southern members.
marion barry had found a place where he would make his mark. first as an activist for better relations with police and better job opportunities for african-americans in the city. he stepped up to the plate as a servant leader because there was work to be done. he got elected to the board of education, and then after home row, such as it was, such as it is, was approved for the district of columbia. he was elected to the first popularly elected d.c. council.
and turned our metropolitan police department in which the agency officers looked more like the district of columbia. and ladies and gentlemen, couldn't a lot of other cities learn that at this stage? he also helped build the district's black middle class through a ground-breaking program -- a ground-breaking program that required a share of city business to go to black-owned enterprises and of course he created a widely acclaimed summer youth employment program. how many people have you heard say, i got my first job under marion barry?
i knew marion barry for years and there's one anecdote that leaps to mind and we talked about it often. it was an example of his true character. some may know i once served as executive director of what was then known as the association for retarded citizens. one of our key goals was to move people from inhumane snuction, forest haven into community living in the district of columbia. there was, ladies and gentlemen, fierce opposition in so many neighborhoods to group homes. unfortunately, supported by some of the worst myths imaginable. one evening i was with mayor barry in an affluent community where the district was seeking
to establish a home. nearly 200 people showed up and packed this room for this meeting. and they only had one person. the purpose was to stop this home from opening. once mayor barry finished his presentation, there was a man who immediately rose and began to pepper him with questions. when it became clear the man's inquiries had no constructive purpose, mayor barry said, and i quote, you really don't want any answers, do you? if you want to talk about how we make this work i will stay with you here all night otherwise i have nothing else to say to you. that was vintage barry, standing up for people who were
disadvantaged, people who could not effectively fight for themselves. by the way the meeting ended and the home opened soon thereafter and was a huge success because marion barry stood up for a group of people that could not effectively speak for themselves. many of us don't get to smell the flowers while we are here on earth. in this last year of his life, mayor barry's book was published and he was able to share his story, his thoughts and his insights with many of us as he appeared at book signings and interviews on television and radio. those who had never heard of marion barry were able to learn more about him and gain insight
into the person who was popularly known as mayor for life in the district of columbia. as long-time supporters and newcomers to the barry story swarmed around him, they embraced his journey and worked with him so he could pass the torch of knowledge onto the next generation. marion barry's legacy is intimately woven into the fak fabric of the district of columbia. he is still alive in so many ways in the district of columbia today and ladies and gentlemen marion barry will always be alive in the district of columbia.
let me just end by those who are up here, well done m.b. we love you and appreciate everything you've done for all of us in this great city. >> bless you. >> we're about 45 minutes behind schedule. we must be in the cemetery before it gets dark or we will not be able to interthe remains, so i'm going to ask everyone be limited to two minutes as we go forward. we must get our you'll gists up in a timely fashion. at this time prince george's county executive rushern baker, marc morial sterling tucker, charlene drew jarvis and
mayor-elect muriel bowser in that order. >> thank you. to christopher barry it is my pleasure to be here to represent the people of prince george's county. there you go. i'm pleased to be joined by council members leon davis and karen tolls. we're pleased to be here because representing ward nine, i think they said like to say we came here to claim our land back. you know in life, life you encounter and experience. it is about the people you meet. the places we go and the situations and environments we are exposed to.
over the course of our lives, we welcome and meet people across the world. who possess wonderful gifts of capturing our hearts and our minds. through their energy passion and commitment, they cause us to believe and understand that we can dramatically change the course of events in our lives and in the world. marion barry was one of those people. on december 6, 2010, the mayor for life was sitting in the front row as i raised my hand and took the oath of office to become prince george's county executive. it was an honor for me to have him there supporting me.
i've said this over the course of the last few weeks. that i, too, was one of those people that got his very first real job thanks to marion barry's summer youth program. so it's an honor to have the man who helped start my professional life be there as i reach the height of my political life. so i am glad to be here today to support him in his transition -- home-going transition. there's a scripture, titus, chapter 2 verse 14 through 15 that i think so aptly describes marion barry, who gave himself for us that he might redeem us from all inequities, impurities
unto himself a particular people of zealous works. speak these things extort and rebuke all authority. let no one despise you. i believe that scripture sums up marion barry. he gave himself to the people so that we would have a better life. >> amen. >> and despite so many -- so what would people say about him, he was there for us. we are proud to represent him. god bless marion barry. >> my dear brother marc morial, urban national league. >> greetings and good afternoon first to cora masters barry and marion christopher barry let me
first express our prayers and condolences on the loss of the late great marion barry who just joined us at the urban league conference in cincinnati, ohio in late july. marion barry was part of a generation. a generation of civil rights leaders who worked and toiled and fought and then became that generation of african-american mayors in the 1970s who brought the ethic and edic of civil rights to the halls of america. gibson and jackson bradley and young, ford and morial, washington and goode and dink dinkins, pioneers in city halls across the land.
now, a president over 100 years ago said it's not the critic who counts. it's not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. the credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who comes up short again and again and again because there is no effort without error. and shortcoming. but those who actually strive to do the deeds who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotion who spin themselves in a worthy cause, who know the triumphs of high achievement. and if does so daringly fall
short, his place will not be with a cold and tired souls who know neither victory nor defeat. marion barry was a man in the arena. as mayor of this city, he was in the arena of providing thousands and thousands of jobs to young people of this city. he was the mayor in the arena who built not one but two convention centers to augment washington's tourism industry. he was in the arena in helping to bring the verizon center to downtown washington so that the capitals and wizards could return to washington, d.c. he was the mayor in the arena in helping to orchestrate real estate transactions which rebuilt the riverfronts of washington, d.c. and he was the mayor in the
arena who helped to develop a minority business enterprise policy which changed the landscape of washington, d.c. marion barry was not a cold and tired soul who knew neither victory nor defeat. we celebrate him today as a champion, as not only a pioneering civil rights leader but as a pioneer of a great american city. marion barry was first of all, he transcended all and he continues to live. thank you very much. ♪
and thank you. for those that know me know that i'm not shy. i'm not a person that's ever lost for words and i certainly, just like marion, i ain't scared. but this has been overwhelming. and everything that has been said, you know there's nothing left to say except to you that marion was my dear friend. we've known each other since 1970. he was my partner i knew him in a way that every time i listened, all i can think about is the essence of him. he was not fake. everything he did big he did little. every big thing he did for little people he did for big
people. he was a person who felt passion every day of his life. he was a person that loved his people. he loved his people. he was a person who took great pride in helping people get up. not the big stories you hear, but the little stories you hear. and i stopped letting him go to the gas station because he would spend all of his money. not on the gas but the people. i stopped letting him go to the grocery store because we couldn't get out of the grocery store. i don't like the grocery store. i want to go in, get out. how long have you been on that job? how many children you got? what church you go to? who your people?
this is him every single day. and the most important thing i want you -- to say to you about my husband is that as complicated as he was, he was a very simple man. none of the trappings of anything he was exposed to from all over the world affected him to the extent that it was embarrassing. when i was first lady and he was mayor and we'd get on the plane first class, and i'd look over there and marion would actually have a supermarket bag, a little plastic bag with his stuff in it. now, back at the house was a leather, you know, gold-embossed attache case. why do you have a grocery bag with your stuff? oh, that don't make a difference. yes it does.
that's what i would say to him. i would say, that's the mississippi stuff. his heart was so pure he had the forgiveness of jesus christ. he really did. people do terrible things to him. not only would he forgive him because we always say we don't forget. marion would forget. he forgot. it would not stay in his mipd. that was my job. marion, why you talking to him? that was the person that -- oh, he did? huh? so he was pure of heart. he was a man after god's own heart. he was our david and he was my husband and he was christopher's father. thank you so much for honoring him. >> give her another great hand.
and to a mother for whom she got divorced. that's jackie's daughter too. second timothy 4 chapter if i'm not ready to be offered at the time of my departure at hand, for the good fight i finished my course, i finished the faith. so, the lord the righteous day should give me that day but to all them that love his appearing. that's the blue ribbon, the ticket to the kingdom i want to talk a minute about crown of julys on marion's head. there's a song in our tradition that says watch ye therefore, if
you strife for the right, you should wear a crown. i'm going to wear a crown. i'm going to wear a crown when the trumpet sounds just as soon as my feet strike zion. i lay down my brotheren, i'm going to wear a crown. for a crown to be authentic it must have jewels in it. where marion was born cotton plantation, 1936. 18 years before the brown decision, before lynching of emmett till, august 28th 19 years before martin luther king and rosa parks 29 years before the little rock nine, before the assassination of medgar evers.
2008 barack obama gave his partner's acceptance speech in denver. marion was born in the fertile soul and the throes of a revelation continues to be reverberated in our citizens today. he was nearly 30 years old before his family had the right to vote. how does one sum up that that went from indignant and disgrace to amazing grace. i never thought i would live long enough to say good evening and farewell to this fell traveler. i met marion in 1960. we shared scars about the fight we had to fight. in retrospect it seemed we were so certain of victory that the risk we took going to jail, dogs biting, horses kicking blasted by the press did not seem to matter. after greensboro four sitting in
the student uprising, raleigh north carolina, the public library in south carolina. we became friends and brothers in the struggle. we live as if life is certain and death is uncertain. fact is death is certain and life is uncertain. sometimes death comes suddenly but always certain as marion and i walked through our journey together radio station two weeks ago and after his passing i kept thinking about a baseball analogy. the baseball game nine innings for a regular game, there are hits and errors usually played in the hot sun. nine innings packed with trauma and sometimes drama. in the big leagues it's always
against stiff competition. with the struggles he faced all of his life the u.s. congress and the white house to change laws and ancient habits of oppression, that's big leagues of politics. the game is so tough if you get three hits out of ten at-bats, it's enough to take you to the hall of fame. babe ruth and reggie jackson were two of the greatest home run hitters and yet they struck out a lot. whenever they came to the plate there was always expectations in the air. you hit some strike out some, you catch some balls and you drop some, and you're judged not by the hit and one inning and the strikeout in the other. you're judged not by the catch or the dropped ball. you're judged by the box score when it's all over. are you a winner or loser? when the game is real tight, sometimes you play extra innings. some pitchers get knocked out earlier. some players only hit and they're called designated hitter. some pitchers only pitch relief.
marion played extra innings. some players played with such enthusiasm they live up others as they climb. the odds were against him and the game was threatened with a rainout because storms and thunder and lightning often come in the summer. neither clear sky or sun stopped him. he knew you had to take the heat or get out of the kitchen. he knew deep water does not drown you. you only drown when you stop kicking. he never stopped kicking. malcolm x and dr. king were down here for 39 years. he had his highs and lows, but marion's worst fears came upon him. his enemies laughed, his friends cringed. he never lost the faith. he went down way down, but he got up because he knew nothing was too hard for god. as job said i know my redeemer lives because he lives within my
soul. tho you slay me yet i will trust you. he lost his footing but not his will to serve. together began because he knew the ground was no place for a champion. he did his best. his back was against the wall. he had three options. one you could have adjusted and chose the easy way. told us to remain maladjusted to oppression. he could have walked around full of resentment with no action. you could have become bitter. but he chose a third way to resist and run on. he never stopped running. he never stopped serving. in the evening of his years on slower pace of walking, but he never took his focus off the poor and those with their backs against the wall. that's why the people loved him and the lord kept blessing him. in this game, jesus sets the standards. the right yus judge. but choosing those who made the all-star team.
descenders not perfection but depend act. you show up when the game is on the line the jesus standard. the righteous judge a fair referee. when i was hungry, did you feed me? when i was naked did you clothe the naked? when in prison did you visit me? on this basis he surrendered the sheep from the goats, the champions from the heroes. marion kept on getting re-elected and the crowd stood in the rain and watched him go by because was a hero. more than a champion. a champion wins a contest and they ride on the people's shoulders. you hear the home run, he knocked out someone. when champions win, they ride the people's shoulders. the people ride their shoulders. they lift the quality of the whole game. more than a champ he was, a hero. a freedom fighter. there's a select group of players who volunteered to
sacrifice. risked their lives. a freedom fighter that has smelled the jail cells. a freedom fighter that looked at terrorist. he gave up pursuing his p.a.c. for those who had no, their backs were against the wall. a freedom fighter. many pick up apples and trees they never shook. few are grateful but many are pair sites parasites. gentle wind blew the apples from the tree. marion was the tree shaker. one of the architects of the new south. the day dr. king gave his address in washington, the south was under military occupation. the minister said, they'll stop talking about the dream. d.c. was on the military occupation, locked down that day. the troops had been ordered to
be on guard. the bus station the airport and carved from d.c. or virginia of maryland were stopped and profiled and put under suspicion. they thought gave that speech from texas across to florida, up to southern maryland. we could run a room in the holiday in. black soldiers and latinos because our money was counterfeited. marion chose to be an unarmed soldier in the army for justice. he was not killed by medgar evers and jackson, dr. king and malcolm, but every unwounded soldier and-s a wounded soldier. when the army is over the unarmed soldier won the war. the he helped make the south
investment unattractive. atlanta to host the olympics in the new south. blacks can preside as legislators in congress. i repeat no southern governor or senator has his or her name on that new south. marion was one of the architects of the new south and the new america. the green boreboro four, abernathy fred shoals, julian bond julius hobbson, kwame tour, vernon jordan lafayette eleanor holmes norton bigman walker, james beenle joes sa williams.
these are the soldiers that built the new south. ella baker the whitney young and marion barry. his name was on the other roll of freedom fighters. no southern governor has his name on that list. but that was enough. many started in 1960 and stopped in '63. some in '65. they cashed in their pensions. marion was a long distance runner. he had the will to run the skill to build. blacks in d.c. didn't have much and much of d.c. was off limits to blacks. and black congressman robert nixon, william dawson couldn't get their haircut at the capitol. when blacks in d.c. could only live in certain parts of town. when blacks in d.c. have never
walked the corridors of city hall with any authority, who never served on admission. in d.c. helped emancipate washington and much of southern maryland and northern virginia is all about the work of marion barry. he had to -- congress governs d.c. without the consent of the government. from havana cuba, to beijing, china, to moscow, the capitals are representing the national legislature but not washington, d.c. d.c. pays the highest taxes. our citizens are sent to jail more often. we volunteer to serve and bleed in the military.
we deserve more than taxation without representation. he never fought small battles. he always had big dreams. marion was a builder. for the first time he got legal contracts, accounting contracts, cable contracts, radio stations, tv stations, construction contracts. marion was a builder. he wasn't a speech therapist. my name barry. remember, moses had a stammering tongue. we shouldn't judge him for his elagainst but for his dependability, production and service and love for the people. dutch morial and coleman young was among freedom fighters who became mayors and changed the culture of those towns. marion was a freedom fighter and a long distance runner. klein, you can together cross
the finish line with a resume and be an official. but marion came not as a show horse but as a workhorse. he came across the line with people in it. he was a hero because he got his scars from his -- got his stars from his scars. some didn't have a uniform because they didn't volunteer for the team. cowards. political change is a contact sport. some make the team but never come on the field. those on the field have grass stains and blood on their uniforms. no one ever hit a home run or scored a touchdown from the bench or from the stands. if you play baseball, you get hit with a fastball or curve some sometime. if you play football, you get tackled over and over again. marion died in office. i started by asking the question, mayor for life marion barry according to the jesus
standard. you give the most jobs to those who have been looked out before and that's a jewel. you give the most contract to those who have been denied them and that's a jewel. the hope for the most down-ready toen and that's a jewel. he embraced african culture without shame and that's a jewel. he visited the most hospitals and that's a jewel. he visited the most jails. a jewel a crown full of jewels. some might say well he went to jail. well, so did joseph. but he got out and fed the family. so did paul who got out and healed the broken. malcolm, and dr. king. jail can be a cell, can be a place to study and think and figure out another way. i'm left to die. i have no friends. it's at night.
sometimes you fight in the night. i see a new heaven, a new earth and the old one passed away. well, marion, you got a crown full of jewels. you're still leading. we're right behind you. it won't be long by the way, marion, can you feel good because we know the righteous judge will welcome you now. no writer matters today. no more pain criticism doesn't matter now. you can reconnect with your friends that most of us never got a chance to meet. say hello to the people you knew and worked with. say hello to medgar evers. you knew him. give a hug to emmett till, who made you cry. tell julius hobson we miss him on the marches. tell john wilson, howdy. tell till da mason we're still working on statehood. tell will mena, we're still fighting. say hello to beveragele and hoejosa
and abernathy and tell my yeaha maya angelou we miss her so many. and we're not giving up and give them your report. tell them it's not over. tell them terrorists are shooting us, though unarmed, choking us to death. jurors are finding no justification to indict the shooters though they choke eric, tell them we have a second wind. we have a brother beloved in the white house but they call him names and reject his help to heal the sick. we have a stand-up attorney general, they are keeping him busy. we're making progress but down in the red zone it's getting mean down here. the jails are overcrowded neither the jail cells or graves will hold our bodies down.
the shootings of eric garner trayvon martin, still them we're still driving home. we're not giving them up. tell them we're free but fighting back. tell them the banks are robbing the people, not the people robbing the banks. tell them there's a new generation. their children and grandchildren, the young dreamers are standing up and fighting back, marching standing up, lying down, dying fighting back tell them there's a young jamal brian on the way, tell them we're fighting back, tell them some young rappers some stand-up preachers, some high school and college students and ballplayers from st. louis and john carlos holding up their hands saying don't shoot justice now. mohammed ali still marching, and by the way, tell them we celebrate mrs. parks' birthday, tell mandela who just got to heaven a year ago and with the top of your game again, as you
always were you fed the most, you hide the most lifted the most, endure the longest they'll see your jewels and service to the crown. someone has to tell them cory is fighting for balance, on the ballot field. christopher has a business now. they'll be proud to hear this. tell them, rest assured, they'll say well done. the songwriter said it best when he said when you give the best of your service, he'll say, well done. you never stop talking poor people's talk. you continue to serve. tell them you fought the good fight and you kept the faith. tell them it's dark but the morning comes. tell them in our salvation. tell them there's power in the blood. tell them no grave can hold up. tell them if when you give the best of your service, tell them
the savor has come. be not dismayed when men don't believe you because you'll understand the righteous judge and say, well done. tell them misunderstood the savior of sinners, hung on the cross he was god's only son but hear him calling his god in heaven, let not my will but thine be done. though you slay me i will trust you. when you trail, tell them your hands are sore and scarred from the work you begun. tell them to pick up your cross and come quicker to jesus. and if my people love you, marion who called by my name. and seek my face and turn to the wicked ways. god will hear your prayer, and he'll say, well done. god bless you, marion, i'll see you in the morning. love you marion. love you.
here's what's coming up in congress this week. the house today will begin legislative work at 2 p.m. eastern with a bill dealing with water rights in california. no votes are expected today. the senate is also back, 2 p.m. eastern. lawmakers will consider a number of executive nominations. off the floor work continues in both chambers to provide funding for the federal government after december 11th. you can see the house live on c-span. the senate live on c-span2. what does the future hold for ukraine? that's the question u.s. ambassador jeff pyatt will try to answer at an event at atlantic council with coverage starting at 1:45 p.m. eastern on c-span3. with us tomorrow for testimony from jonathan gruber, an economist, who served as an adviser for both the massachusetts and national health care bills. he'll appear before the house oversight committee tomorrow for his public criticism of the
obama administration's rollout of the law. he says administration officials intentionally obscured detail to obtain passage by 20 so. we'll have his testimonies along from marilynyor marilyn tav tavenor. tomorrow john kerry will testimony about combating isis and possible new authorization for the use of military force. live coverage starts at 2 p.m. eastern also here on c-span3.
that was the first thing that made it unique. it was really sophisticated. as i mentioned, it's designed to increase -- increase and slow the speed of the centrifuges. while it was doing that it also did this remarkable trick which was to make the operators at the plant think that the operations were perfectly normal. so what it did was recorded normal activity on the computers first and then played back that normal activity to the monitoring machines when it was doing the sabotaging. >> tonight on "the communicators" on c-span2. former secretary of state hillary clinton sat down for an interview friday at the brookings institution for discussion on the middle east. topics included the threat of terrorism, nuclear talks with
iran and the fight against isis and the israeli/palestinian peace process. this is about an hour. >> want to say hello to all of your friends before we start? >> i'm kind of waving at everybody. indeed. nice to see all of you. >> before we start on behalf of strobe and martin and the whole team at brookings and myself, we would like to send our condolences to administer lieberman on the bassing of his mother. >> i think we could all join in that, in addition to the names you named. >> thank you hillary.
madame secretary, we have had 11 forums so far. you've participated, i believe, in 9 of the 11. you've traveled to jerusalem a few times. and i have to share with you that this audience has one very important question on their mind. as a matter of fact, the united states has an important question. the whole of the united states. the world has a question on their mind. and i really hope and expect that you would give us a straight answer from this stage. how does it feel to be a grandmother? >> well you know i was at the senate for eight years and i would like to filibuster on this question. it feels fabulous. i have to tell you -- well you and i have talked about this with sheryl and other friends.
it is just an extraordinary, wonderful blessing. and so for our first thanksgiving with charlotte it was just beyond words for both bill and i. and i am feeling particularly grateful that we're now in this new stage of our lives together. >> try not to be too busy. save some time for the granddaughter. in the middle east, outside of bringing palestinian and israeli views together, it's about bringing communities together. have we succeeded in our country here at bringing communities together? or when we look at ferguson and what happened in new york, or have we failed?
>> well, i think we have made extraordinary progress over the course of our nation's history and for that i am grateful and proud, but we still have work to do. it is most obvious when tragic incidents like those we have recently seen occur. and we recognize at root there is still a problem with our being able to put ourselves in each other's places to recognize the challenges that our fellow citizens often face. so, we have work to do. but i think our founders were extraordinarily psych lojologically smart because they talked about trying to achieve a more perfect
union. that's been the impetus as we take on big problems like slavery, like war, like depression, like civil rights, women's rights, like so many of the other difficulties that as a nation we've had to face. and i support the efforts now to do what the president and the attorney general have advocated, and that is to work with our law enforcement, work with our justice system so that everybody believes that they are equal under justice and that the rule of law applies to all of us. and that will take some retraining and some additional outreach. not just into our law enforcement and criminal justice systems because i would ar gou by and large the majority of people who work in both are honorable, are brave, are, you know very committed to our
values. but i think it's also about communities. it's not just about our institutions. it's about how we relate to each other as people. and that's just a task we have to constantly be focused on and do better with. >> amen. i'd like to ask you a very theoretical question, very, very theoretical. nothing to do with reality. so if you decided to run for president and let's assume that you got elected. it is the 21st of january 2017. you walk into the oval office. you're familiar with it so you don't need to get acquainted with the environment. and what is the first thing, what is the first order du jour
on that first day you tackle? >> haim, it will not surprise you to learn that i have not learned to answer long, theoretical questions. >> next question. no, joking, please. >> i'm taking myself out of it. let's talk about whoever whoever is our next president in 2017. it's going to be as it always is, and increasingly so in this complex world that we share a long list. there's not going to be one thing because we live in an interdependent, interconnected networked world where we see so much progress that is occurring around the globe. people making their way into prosperity, into middle classes advances in science and research that are saving and transforming
lives. there is a lot to celebrate in the world today. and yet partly because of this interconnected world of ours, we face new threats and that we have to be prepared to take on, and it will continue to be a priority of whoever the president is to in our own country and then through our own efforts at home grow our economy, create more jobs with rising incomes, better standards of living increasing the opportunities for americans, which in turn will have a ripple effect throughout the world. if the united states' economy doesn't serve as the engine for growth and prosperity, it is hard to imagine at least in the foreseeable future who else could, and the job numbers today were very good news. we continue to make economic
progress, but now we have to work on the challenge of inclusive growth broadly shared prosperity. that economy is at the core not only of our well-being, but it's also at the core of our leadership because unless the united states remains strong economically, unless we remain committed to our role in the world, then so many of these challenges that we confront that i tried to write about in my book "hard choices," those are not going to be as readily dealt with because we will be rightly concerned about what happens here first and should be. so i think as we look into the next couple of years, i anticipate the economy will continue to grow. i think today was not an outlier. i think there is wind beneath our wings but we have some
tough decisions to make here at home about how we make sure that our economic good news is broadly shared and then how we think of our own leadership globally in a way that makes us more secure, helps our friends and allies like israel have as much security and stability as possible, grow the global economy, and do the work that will sustain american leadership in the 21st century. >> now you're absolutely right and i agree with you 100%, but if we were to pick just foreign policy, what is the one most urgent issue that we are facing? >> well you know, i think it's very difficult to say there is one. let me just quickly mention, i think the continuing threat from terrorism and especially the way we've seen it morph into a more sophisticated delivery system if you will, in the form of
isis, but also the wannabes in other parts of the world. we have to remain vigilant. we have to take the coalition that the president and secretary kerry has constructed and make sure it is more than just a rhetorical debating society but it is a commitment by nations of good will and commitment to deal with the threats that the new brand of more socially adept more well organize edd terrorism, particularly as we see with isis holding territory, trying to establish a state right in the heart of the middle east and so that remains a high priority certainly i think we have to deal with. i think there are a lot of other issues. russia's aggressiveness.
how far putin is intending to go, whether he'll be slowed down by his own economic problems at home, the drop in the ruble, the drop in the oil price. i think that will remain a challenge for him but whether he tries to deal with the challenge or instead he just tries to be more nationalistic and more aggressive is going to have to be addressed, and i don't think we'll be finished with our work in trying to deal with him in two years. i think it's going to be a longer term effort. the rise of china it's such a consequential, historic event. we want china's rise to be peaceful. we want china to continue to lift people out of poverty but we don't want to see aggressive behavior. we don't want to see nationalism coming to the forefront. we don't want to see a war of words with japan or other neighbors over the south china sea or the east china sea or any
other territorial dispute reach a flash point. so, i mean you can go -- but those are areas that i think you have to particularly pay attention to. the middle east as always, russia, china, and try to do what we can to manage each of those. >> you mention isis. what do you think that we can do differently than what we're doing now because they continue gaining territories and they continue expanding. is there anything more or different that we can do? >> well, i think we're in for a long struggle, but i think we have in the last months put together the pieces of a strategy starting first and foremost with the removal of maliki as prime minister in iraq, something that was long overdue.
he was unfortunately, the insta gator of a lot of the bad feelings and fears that the sunnis and the kurds and others within iraq felt and were trying to deal with in their own way with no positive outcome. i think getting him off the stage has led to a couple of positive changes. one that was just announced finally after years of effort getting an oil deal with the kurds. being able to get the government in baghdad to recognize the importance of the kurds in the north and to permit the reequipping of the peshmerga military units. so you will see i think an even more concerted effort on the
part of the kurds with respect to isis and joining forces to some extent with kurds across the border in syria. we're still a long way from an iraqi army that can defend territory and take back territory, but we're doing a lot more than we had been doing, and the president asked retired general john allen to take on that responsibility, and i have the highest regard for him, and he's trying to help undo the damage that maliki and his cohorts did to the iraqi army after we left. i mean, i think it is fair to say that when the united states withdrew, the time effort, money, expertise that had been poured into training the iraqi army gave a fighting chance to the iraqis to defend their
territory and to be in a position to use the army in a positive way to unite the country. what we saw instead with maliki unfortunately, was he purged sunni officers. he used sectarian measures to try to make the army almost a personal militia for him instead of a national army -- >> and didn't serve him that well. >> well, it didn't serve him that well -- it served him well enough until isis posed such a threat, and you could see -- >> he's no longer there. >> but the iraqi army had been destroyed largely. it was not willing or able to defend territory. it was a shadow of its former self and it was a very strong incentive for the sunnis either to sit on their hands or to join with a group like isis, you know, the enemy of my enemy kind of thinking. so i do think, haim that what,
you know the united states and our partners, arab and european have done in the last several months has laid a stronger foundation for the potential of a unified iraq able eventually to take back the territory that has been lost, to drive isis out of iraq across the border, and as we keep air pressure on them across the border to look for ways then to you know, finally deliver the death blow to them. but this is not going to happen easily or quickly. >> as you said it's going to be a long haul. >> yeah. >> would you like to take a sip of your tea while i am asking the same question -- the next question, yeah. >> is it hypothetical or real? >> you don't have to but i thought i don't want it to get too cold, yeah. so should we talk about the israelis and the palestinians?
>> sure. >> the oslo accord was signed about 21 years ago. a palestinian state was supposed to come to be five years after that. are the clinton parameters or some version of it still relevant or do we need to live in a world where we manage the crisis versus solving it? >> well i think they remain relevant and i believe that there is a necessary imperative to continue to try to achieve a resolution between israel and the palestinians. the two-state solution, which has been the hallmark of not just the clinton parameters but, you know, the work under president bush the