WASHINGTON (WUSA*9)--If you haven't lived in DC for a while then you don't know the name Ivanhoe Donaldson. However, thousands of longtime movers and shakers and ordinary citizens will want to know that Donaldson passed away Sunday morning at age 74 after a long battle with cancer.
Donaldson was a noted civil rights and social activist. Marion Barry and John Lewis were contemporaries and colleagues in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee in the 1960's. Donaldson was campaign manager for Barry's first two campaigns for D.C. Mayor. He was a brilliant strategist and teacher. A long time behind the scenes operative for national democratic candidates and progressive causes. He could be blunt and controversial. There was a prison stay for taking city funds to cover a lifestyle beyond what a government salary would allow.
Ivanhoe Donaldson didn't do many interviews. But WUSA9's Bruce Johnson was able to get a lengthy sit down on camera over a year ago before Marion Barry's death. Attached to this web story are raw excerpts from this 2014 interview.