Jackson’s 20-minute eulogy capped not only the memorial service, but a complicated friendship that at times morphed into a political rivalry.
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In life, Marion Barry Jr. was known for his entrances, his gift for knowing when to step into a room, light up a crowd, and put himself at the center of the action — usually conspicuously late.
In death, Barry delivered a remarkable exit, a three-day spectacle capped Saturday with a marathon memorial service that featured dignitaries of national renown, scores of clergy, soaring music and fiery speeches.
And it was one that, fittingly, hewed only loosely to schedule.