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|California Hamer Flamekeepers (left and right) Snccer Charles McLaurin, MFDPer
Lawrence Guyot (middle) at the Civil Rights Movement Veternas of Mississippi Conference
in March 2007, Jackson, MS
Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
|Lawrence Guyot (left)
Chairman of MFDP
helps break ground at
The Fannie Lou Hamer
Center is Charles
McLaurin (SNCC) and
right is Rev. Ed King
October 2, 2004
|Leflore County Judge Solomon Osbourne, Lawrence Guyot, Amzie Moore, Jr.
Patricia M. Thompson and Charles McLaurin
Amzie Moore Park October1, 2005
The Amzie Moore Monument was unveiled as part of the 5th Annual Amzie Moore Day
sponsored by ROAR and Amzie Moore Estates
Guyot and McLaurin were close friends of both Amzie Moore and Fannie Lou Hamer.
Also in attendance that day was the legendary Victoria Gray Adams, Hamer friend,
CRM Veteran and ROAR Advisor 2003-2006 (up to her death)
LAWRENCE GUYOT (202) 332-5157
Tougaloo College, Mississippi - Bachelor of Science Degrees in biology and
philosophy. Rutgers Law School, New Jersey - Law Degree
SNCC member and Organizer, community organizer; Worked with other
community leaders on voter registration, community education, and securing
plaintiffs for lawsuits
1964 One of directors the Freedom Summer Project throughout Mississippi,
elected chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party which organized
the challenge to the seating of the Regular Democrats from Mississippi at the
Democratic Convention in Atlantic City. However, Guyot was in jail in Mississippi
during the convention. MFDP=s challenge eventually led to the passage of the
1965 Voting Rights Act and the eventual seating of an integrated Democratic
delegation from Mississippi.
1965 - 1968 Directed voting registration projects and elections throughout
Mississippi, ran for office, and was a delegate to the Democratic National
Convention in Chicago, Illinois. During Guyot's work in Mississippi, he was in jail in
Greenwood, Hattiesburg, Jackson, Holmes County, and Parchment Penitentiary.
1971 - 2006 After law school, Guyot was hired by former Mayor Marion Barry
to work in D. C. Government and continues to work for the Department of Health
and Human Services for the District of Columbia as an after school monitor.
Serves as an advisor to the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation.
Advisor to Teaching for Change who produced Putting the Movement Back into
Education. He has been on ROAR'S Advisory Board since 2003.
Guyot has lobbied for re-authorization of the Voting Rights Act every time it has
been extended. He led a successful fight to re-air the documentary, Eyes on the
Prize. He was the keynote speaker at the Sunflower County 40 year Civil Rights
reunion in 2004 and the Charles McLaurin appreciation in 2005. He does
leadership training for Operation Understanding, has been active in the Columbia
Heights Development corporation, served as an Advisory Neighborhood
commissioner, worked for statehood for the District of Columbia, and continually
fights against racism.
APPEARANCES IN THESE FILMS
Eyes on the Prize, Making Sense of the Sixties, The War on Poverty, Tales of the
FBI, and Fannie Lou Hamer: Courage and Faith.
NOTED IN THESE BOOKS
Pillar of Fire, by Taylor Branch; Local People: The Struggle of Civil Rights in
Mississippi, by John Dittmar; Church People in the Struggle: The National
Council, by James Findley;The Summer that Didn't End: The story of the
Mississippi Freedom Summer, by Len Holt; Mississippi's Defiant Years:
1953-1973: An Interpretation, by Erle Johnston; Rights on Trial, by Arthur Kinoy;
Freedom Song, by Mary King; Freedom Summer, by Douglass McAdams; Like a
Holy Crusade; Mississippi 1994, by Nicolaus Mills; Black Votes Count, by Frank
Parker; I've Got the Light of Freedom: Organizing Tradition and the Mississippi
Freedom Struggle, by Charles M. Payne; A Century of Struggle for Black
Enfranchisement in Mississippi: From Civil War to the Congressional challenge
of 1965 and Beyond, by Morton Stavis; Mississippi Challenge, by Mildred Pitts
Walter; Let the People Decide, by Todd Moye; Radical Equations by Robert P.
Moses with Charlie Cobb, and Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody.
From The Desk of
The Fannie Lou Hamer Statue
Committee (FLHSC) is a
not-for-profit, non political
organization comprised of
local, regional and national
civil rights activists, scholars
and community leaders who
serve as fundraising and
educational ambassadors in
conjunction with the City of
Ruleville, public, private and
individual initiatives to help
achieve the goals of the
Fannie Lou Hamer Statue
The FLHSC exists solely for
the purpose of supporting
efforts to honor and pay
tribute to Mrs. Hamer by
construction of a full-length
statue of the civil and human
rights leader, to be placed on
permanent display at the
Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial
Garden in Ruleville,
(NBUF) is our
for the Hamer