“Crack” Mayor’s Memoir

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Former Washington Mayor Marion Barry, whose conviction for cocaine possession overshadowed his legacy as a civil rights crusader, is out with an autobiography that aims to tell his story. "Mayor For Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr." is set to hit book stands on Tuesday. The title refers to how some critics described Barry’s four tumultuous terms that set the perception of local politics in the U.S. capital. The Washington Post called the 336-page memoir a "tell-enough" about Barry’s career, which has mingled championing black empowerment with scandal, most notoriously his 1990 arrest for smoking crack cocaine at a downtown hotel. "I don’t want my life and legacy to be all about what happened to me at the Vista Hotel," wrote the 78-year-old former mayor, according to the Post.

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