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Release Immediately: November 23, 2014
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Stand Up! for Democracy in DC (Free DC) mourns the passing of the Honorable Marion S. Barry, former four time District of Columbia Mayor and current ward 8 Councilmember. During the 1960’s Civil Rights Movement, Mr. Barry was sent to Washington, D.C. by civil rights icon Dr. James Forman, first Executive Secretary of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. Forman sent Barry to organize the “Free DC Movement” for equal citizenship and economic rights for the residents of Washington, DC. (Click "Read More" below)
By: Martin Austermuhle November 15, 2013
For a century D.C. residents had been governed by presidentially appointed commissioners and District Committees in the House and Senate, which decided everything from dog licensing laws to who became a D.C. police officer. That changed in December 1973, though, when President Richard Nixon signed the Home Rule Act, a bill granting the city an elected mayor and legislature.
The passage of the bill came against the backdrop of political and social changes brought on by the civil rights movement, with a black D.C. to delegate to Congress using both oratory and sheer political muscle to convince skeptical members of Congress that D.C. residents should be able to govern themselves.
But even though the Home Rule Act's passage was a historic step forward for the city, it also included political compromises that still dog D.C. to this day.
Read full article and see photo gallery at: http://wamu.org/programs/metro_connection/13/11/13/four_decades_on_dc_continues_fighting_for_home_rule
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