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Dr. E. Faye Williams

”We, the members of the National Congress of Black Women, express our deepest sympathy to the family of Mayor Marion Barry.  There is, and never will be, another like him.  He led the making of Washington, DC to be the great city it is today.  It’s easy for those who don’t know him well to talk about his imperfections without crediting him with all of his great accomplishments.

I had the honor of working for Mayor Barry, first as his Legislative Director, then as his Chief of Staff. There was never a dull day.  It was clear to all of us who worked for him that we had a responsibility to work for the least of these every day. Just as he worked through his personal challenges while doing good for others, we were expected to do the same.

I didn’t know most of Mr. Barry’s staff that succeeded us, but I can vouch for Linda Greene, Donna Rouse, LaRuby May, and Vaun Cleveland; and I can tell you nobody worked harder than we did to preserve the legacy those who came before us helped Mr. Barry to establish. While I was there, one of my responsibilities was to prepare Mr. Barry’s remarks. When I read his book, I was happy to see that he ended the book with a line from a speech I prepared for him—Still Standing.  Although he may no longer walk among us on earth, his memory will stand forever.”

Dr. E. Faye Williams is President/CEO of the National Congress of Black Women, Inc. 202/678-6788.  www.nationalcongressbw.org.