LAWRENCE GUYOT DIES: Longtime civil rights leader Lawrence Guyot died at age 73, sometime late Thursday or early Friday morning, his daughter, Julie Guyot-Diangone, said. Lawrence Guyot had dedicated his entire life fighting to empower the powerless and improve race relations in the U.S. In his struggle for racial equality, he was even beaten in his home state of Mississippi by law enforcement officers.
Washington Post: A Mississippi native, Guyot (pronounced GHEE-ott) worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as director of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, which brought thousands of young people to the state to register blacks to vote despite a history of violence and intimidation by authorities. He also chaired the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, which sought to have blacks included among the state’s delegates to the 1964 Democratic National Convention. The bid was rejected, but another civil rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer, addressed the convention during a nationally televised appearance.
Guyot was severely beaten several times, including at the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary known as Parchman Farm. He continued to speak on voting rights until his death, including encouraging people to cast ballots for President Barack Obama.