The Nine Lives of Marion Barry

Mondays, on HBO

Many people remember Marion Barry as the philandering drug-addled mayor, the one who famously uttered the phrase "bitch set me up" as he was arrested during an FBI sting in 1990. He's the poster boy for corruption, a pariah who will never be forgiven for bringing international shame on the nation's capital. Yet to others, Marion Barry is a folk hero. Hailed as a civil rights champion and defender of the poor, he's the man who transformed Washington D.C. from a sleepy southern town run by segregationists into a cosmopolitan, political stronghold of Black America. Charismatic and defiant, Marion Barry's soaring achievements, catastrophic failures and phoenix-like rebirths have made him a symbol of mythic indestructibility. No matter how many times Marion Barry gets knocked down, (or knocks himself down) he always seems to get back up.

Mondays, on HBO

Many people remember Marion Barry as the philandering drug-addled mayor, the one who famously uttered the phrase "bitch set me up" as he was arrested during an FBI sting in 1990. He's the poster boy for corruption, a pariah who will never be forgiven for bringing international shame on the nation's capital. Yet to others, Marion Barry is a folk hero. Hailed as a civil rights champion and defender of the poor, he's the man who transformed Washington D.C. from a sleepy southern town run by segregationists into a cosmopolitan, political stronghold of Black America. Charismatic and defiant, Marion Barry's soaring achievements, catastrophic failures and phoenix-like rebirths have made him a symbol of mythic indestructibility. No matter how many times Marion Barry gets knocked down, (or knocks himself down) he always seems to get back up.

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