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Amid rumors of his bid for an at-large seat on the D.C. Council, the Honorable Marion S. Barry Jr. last Sunday took to the pulpit at the Canaan Baptist Church to speak on “Civil Rights Today.” In his 30-minute remarks, Barry spoke of the people who have been marginalized by his successor’s D.C. renaissance. On gentrification in Canaan’s Mount Pleasant neighborhood: “I have no problem with white people moving into the neighborhood—but don’t push us out in the process!” Barry told the audience, which responded with vigorous applause. He also echoed the rallying cry of fellow speaker and President of the University of the District of Columbia Timothy Jenkins, who reminded parishioners that a D.C. councilmember last year questioned the need for D.C.’s public college. “There are some people who believe that black people can’t learn!” Barry thundered. Toward the end, Barry thanked the audience for past and, perhaps, future acts of goodwill on his behalf. “I appreciate all your prayers—and your votes,” he said. —Elissa Silverman