UPDATED: March 6, 2015 12:07 p.m.

WASHINGTON (WNEW/AP) — On the day that Marion Barry would have turned 79, D.C. leaders will begin deciding how best to honor him.

On Friday, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced members of a commission that will work on ideas and proposals to recognize Barry.

The newly-formed committee will lead the discussion about ways to permanently honor D.C.’s “Mayor for Life.” Suggestions have included naming streets, buildings and the University of the District of Columbia campus after him.

Among the committee members is former Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly, Barry’s son Christopher and his last wife, Cora Masters Barry.

The former mayor died in November. Barry was was the most prominent politician in the 40-year history of D.C. home rule, and he’s credited with expanding opportunities for the black middle class and beginning the revitalization of downtown D.C.

He also came back from the infamy of an arrest for smoking crack cocaine to win a fourth term as mayor.

Also revealed Friday was a mural of Barry behind a building on Shannon Place in Southeast. It can be seen from I-295 North approaching the exit for MLK Avenue.

WNEW D.C. Bureau Chief Matt DelSignore contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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