WASHINGTON -- On the sidewalks of this city, it is common to see street yendors selling framed posters of Jesus in dreadlocks, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King alongside African art souvenirs.

In the nation's capital, hope and redemption are still for sale in the black community that provided Marion Barry with his stunning comeback victory in the Democratic primary race for mayor. Given the nine-to-one edge enjoyed by Democrats over Republicans m voter registration, Barry is poised for a triumphant return to office in November.

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