“Sometimes rebels want to know if I will join the fight. I always tell them no … I can either be in a position to deliver tens of thousands of dollars of antibiotics for women and children, or I can be another young man with a gun.”
Marion Barry was Chocolate City. During his four terms as mayor of the nation’s capital, he presided over the District of Columbia like a flamboyant monarch. He was the face and swagger of African-American empowerment and pride — and its beneficiaries nearly always forgave him for his failings.
With revelations that critical infrastructure in the United States has been under sustained attack, likely perpetrated by Russia, it’s easy to forget that we’re not merely a victim amid the waves of repeated cyberattacks.
We lived immersed in a culture of contests and competitions. From the prestigious Nobel Prizes to the Latin Grammys; from the Teacher of the Year in the school system to the shapeliest girl in the Miss Florida contest, vocation, ability and skill in any line of work are recognized with applause, and sometimes with a monetary award.