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People gather to photograph Oliver Johnson's painting of Marion Barry and musician Chuck Brown as people wait in line for Marion Barry's annual turkey giveaway held at Union Temple Baptist Church in Anacostia, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Barry, the former 4-term Mayor of D.C. and former Councilmember, died Sunday morning at age 78. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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People leave with their frozen turkeys at Marion Barry's annual turkey giveaway held at Union Temple Baptist Church in Anacostia, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Barry, the former 4-term Mayor of D.C. and former Councilmember, died Sunday morning at age 78. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Oliver Johnson holds his painting of Marion Barry and musician Chuck Brown as people wait in line for Marion Barry's annual turkey giveaway held at Union Temple Baptist Church in Anacostia, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, November 25, 2014. Barry, the former 4-term Mayor of D.C. and former Councilmember, died Sunday morning at age 78. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Councilmen Marion Barry (right) with Kevin P. Chavous, not only backed charter schools long before it became fashionable, but he supported vouchers. (Washington Times)

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Marion Barry (1936-2014), former mayor of Washington, D.C., listens to speeches at the awards luncheon of the National Conference of Black Mayors in 2002 in Jackson, Mississippi, his native state. (AP Photo/Rogelio Solis)

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Then-Sen. Barack Obama shakes hands with former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry after delivering a speech outlining his agenda to combat poverty in urban America at The Town Hall Education Arts & Recreation Center (THEARC) in Southeast on July 18, 2007. (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Times )

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As a D.C. Council member representing Ward 8, Marion Barry represented the city's most downtrodden and least-educated residents. (The Washington Times)

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Mayor Marion Barry and his wife, Effi, are escorted out the back entrance of their Southeast home on Jan. 19, 1990 as the mayor makes his way to District Court for his first appearance after his arrest on charges of possession of crack cocaine. (The Washington Times)

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Mayor Marion Barry and wife Effi on stage at the convention center during the inaugural ball on Jan. 3, 1983 (The Washington Times)

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Mayor Marion Barry arrives at a meeting of the Financial Control Board at the headquarters on Thomas Circle in NW DC. Barry and the Control Board are trying to solve a number of issues on the 1997 budget. By Kevin T. Gilbert/WT DIGITAL IMAGE 6-10-96

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Council member Marion Barry greets students from the Turner Elementary School summer program, as they walk through Henson Ridge, a new affordable housing unit in Southeast on July 25, 2006. (Nancy Pastor/The Washington Times)

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Former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry rejoiced with supporters on June 20, 1992, after announcing his intention to run for a council seat after being released from federal prison (Ross D. Franklin/The Washington Times)

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Mayor Marion Barry during an event with Mickey Mouse on June 18, 1985 (Walter Oates/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Marion Barry grabs a woman's hand and starts dancing at the opening celebration for the Howard Theatre on April 9, 2012. Mr. Barry said he had heard about the Howard before moving to Washington in 1965, but once he arrived in town he had to go check it out. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Marion Barry celebrates with supporters at Players Lounge in Southeast after winning on primary night, Sept. 9, 2008. (Allison Shelley/The Washington Times)

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D.C. Council member Marion Barry, with his lawyer Frederick D. Cooke Jr., left, and his son, Christopher, right, speaking with reporters on June 21, 2007, after a federal judge ruled that did not violate his probation stemming from his tax problems and would not be going to jail. (Bert V. Goulait / The Washington Times)

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Council member Marion Barry greets campaign volunteer Loretta Martin-Perry, left, outside of Ketcham Elementary School in Southeast on primary day, Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008. (Allison Shelley/The Washington Times)

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Mayor Marion Barry delivers his State of the District address at the Lincoln Theater on March 25, 1996. (Daniel Rosenbaum/The Washington Times)

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Former Mayor Marion Barry and Jesse Jackson Jr. playing basketball in a D.C. housing project in April 18, 1989 (Kevin T. Gilbert/The Washington Times)

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Christopher Barry hugs his father, former Mayor Marion Barry, after they made remarks at the funeral for Effi Barry at the Washington National Cathedral in Northwest on Sept. 14, 2007 (Mary F. Calvert/The Washington Times)