Charles Barron

Born 1951

Charles Barron has represented Brooklyn's 42nd District on the New York City Council since 2001. A self-described "elected activist", Barron ran for mayor of New York City in 2005 and in 2006 was narrowly defeated by Edolphus Towns in the Democratic Party primary for the U.S. House of Representatives (10th Congressional District).… Read More

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  • Assemblyman Heckles Cuomo During State Of The State
    Wall Street Journal - Jan 13, 2016
  • 'outrage' After The Shooting Murder Of 1 Year Old Baby
    Huffington Post - Sep 02, 2013
  • Life Isn't Always Fair According To Mayor Bloomberg
    Bronx News - Oct 05, 2012
  • Harford Confronts Deaths Of 4 Officers
    blank - Oct 01, 2012


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Charles Barron.


1950 Birth Barron was born on October 7, 1950. … Read More


1969 18 Years Old In 1969, when he was 18 years old, Barron was recruited to the Harlem branch of the Black Panther Party by a member named Mark Holder. … Read More


1971 20 Years Old …  Although they were convicted for killing two police officers in 1971, conflicting evidence surfaced through COINTELPRO that suggests questionable government tactics in the prosecution of the three men. … Read More
1979 28 Years Old In 1979, Barron joined the National Black United Front (NBUF), and was the founding chairperson of its Harlem Chapter.


1982 31 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1982, as head of the Harlem Chapter, Barron was arrested with Preston Wilcox from the Institute of African Research because they, with roughly 12 to 20 other protesters, attempted to "forcibly remove" Robert Morris, a white historian, from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. … Read More
1987 36 Years Old On December 21, 1987, Barron participated in a "day of outrage" to protest racism in the New York City Police Department and local courts. … Read More
1988 37 Years Old In 1988, Barron published two children's books: Up You Mighty People, You Can Accomplish What You Will and Look For Me in the Whirlwind, written about the life of Marcus Garvey.


1996 45 Years Old One successful accomplishment of Barron and his allies was preventing the construction by the city of a wood-burning incinerator in the neighborhood. In 1996, Barron and community groups also fought the building of a natural gas generator. … Read More
1997 46 Years Old In 1997, Barron ran for the city council. … Read More


2001 50 Years Old Barron ran again in 2001, when term limits prevented Wooten from running. … Read More
2002 51 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2002, Barron was appointed chair of the city council's Higher Education Committee. … Read More
A self-described "elected activist", Barron ran for Mayor of New York City in 2005. … Read More
2006 55 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2006, Barron expressed his disaffection from the Democratic Party, disappointed by the large number of cross-endorsements Bloomberg received from Democrats. … Read More
2007 56 Years Old 1 More Event
Barron held a mortgage crisis forum in 2007 to address concerns from residents who were in danger of house foreclosure.
2008 57 Years Old 1 More Event
Although considered a potentially strong contender in the 2008 Conrgressional election, he chose not to run.
2009 58 Years Old It may be in 2009 or it may not be until 2013, but I will be mayor someday." … Read More
2010 59 Years Old On June 14, 2010, Barron announced he had formed a new party, the New York Democratic Freedom Party, and would challenge Democratic gubernatorial nominee Andrew Cuomo. … Read More


A month after Cuomo began his term as governor, on February 21, 2011, Barron interrupted a Cuomo speech in Brooklyn, leading the crowd in chants of "tax the rich".
He criticized Cuomo's budget proposals, which called for deep cuts in health care and education spending, and his decision not to extend the state's so-called millionaire's tax, which expires at the end of 2012.
2013 62 Years Old On November 4, 2013, Barron announced in a Web Video, that he will run for the State Assembly seat, currently vacated by his wife, Inez, who ran for his term-limited City council seat. … Read More
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