New Documentary Shows DC's Tumultuous '60s

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    Marion Barry is one of the people featured in a look back at DC in the '60s.

    WASHINGTON -- A documentary drawing on the memories of Marion Barry, Ben Bradlee and other Washingtonians about the city in the 1960s is premiering on public television.

    WETA-TV produced the one-hour special, "Washington in the '60s," premiering Monday night and narrated by Washington native Connie Chung. It will be repeated through November.

    It tells the story of the city's transformation from a sleepy southern town to a busy world capital. It highlights the election of President John F. Kennedy, the appointment of Walter Washington as D.C.'s first mayor, the fight for home rule and protests over Vietnam.

    Former D.C. Council member Charlene Drew Jarvis recalls the riots following Martin Luther King's assassination.

    A look at "Washington in the '70s" will follow in 2010.