National Press Club

'Mayor for Life' Marion Barry to appear at Book Rap June 19

May 11, 2014 | By Nicole Hoffman |

Marion Barry, Jr., the four-time mayor of Washington D.C and current city council member for Ward 8, will tell his life story at a Book Rap on Thursday, June 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Conference Rooms.

Barry will discuss his book,“Mayor for Life,” which details his early life in the cotton fields in Mississippi to the executive offices of one of the most powerful cities in the world. A book signing will follow the discussion.

Tickets are $5 NPC members; $10 public. To register, click here.

The member admission fee is waived with the pre-order of a book, an option that appears on the registration form. This event is a fundraiser for the National Press Club Journalism Institute.

Books must be purchased through the NPC. No outside books or memorabilia permitted. All sales are final; no refunds will be issued.

Known nationally as the disgraced mayor caught on camera smoking crack cocaine in a downtown hotel room with a mistress, Barry has had a controversial career. This provocative, captivating narrative follows the civil rights activist from his Mississippi roots, Memphis upbringing and his academic school days through his college years and move to Washington, where he became actively involved in civil rights, community activism, and bold politics.

In "Mayor for Life," Barry tells the all-inclusive story of his campaigns for mayor, his ultimate rise to power, personal struggles and downfalls, and the night of embarrassment followed by his term in federal prison and ultimately a victorious fourth term as mayor.