Interview with Marion Barry
QUESTION 1
INTERVIEWER:

I JUST WANT TO ASK YOU FIRST OF ALL, JUST TO START OFF, DID YOU HAVE, UM, TELL ME WHERE YOU GREW UP AND TELL ME IF YOU HAVE ANY PARTICLUAR REMEMBERANCES OF VIOLENCE OR ANYTHING WHEN YOU WERE A YOUNG MAN.

Marion Barry:

Well I grew up in, in Memphis, ah Tennessee. That's where I went to elementary school and high school and to, and to college. Ah I don't remember a great deal about what was happening outside of Memphis, in my horizon, in my scope, in my level of communication with what was happening in the country and the world was very very limited and I assume that was on purpose by those who would control information and communication… about this. I wasn't aware of a lot of other things that were going on. I guess, I knew about the situation in Little Rock and well in ‘54 we had the Supreme Court decision, he had, some things were happening around the country and so I don't remember a lot of specifics prior to ‘60 except those things that were national in scope. You know, the bus boycott in ‘55, ‘56, and the bombings in various places around the South during that period. You read about them but you really didn't know a lot—I didn't know a lot about them.