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Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry

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Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Bishop

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Sky Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
8/25/1937
Birth Location:
Jackson, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
ReligionMakers
Occupation(s):
Bishop

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Sky Blue
Favorite Food:
Ice Cream
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bermuda
Favorite Quote:
I Can Do All Things Through Christ That Strengthens Me.

Birthplace

Born:
8/25/1937
Birth Location:
Jackson
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Biography

Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry was born in Jackson, Mississippi on August 25, 1935. As a child, she attended St. Matthew Baptist Church for grade school, where eight grade levels were taught in a single classroom. After high school, Tyler Guidry earned her associate’s degree from J.P Campbell College in Jackson, and later studied economics at Tougaloo College. In 1977, she graduated from Los Angeles Bible School and she received her master’s of theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in 2004.

After she completed her A.A. degree, Tyler Guidry began working for the NAACP, where she was the women’s voter registration chair. In 1972, she and her husband, Kerry Tyler, drove across country to California, where she was hired by the Security Pacific Bank. The following year, she left the bank as she answered her calling to the ministry. After graduating from the Los Angeles Bible School, Tyler Guidry became the pastor of the First A.M.E. Church in Indio, California, where she remained for the next six years. In 1983, she moved to Bakersfield, California, where she led the congregation at Cain Memorial A.M.E. Church until 1989. That year, she was appointed to Walker Temple A.M.E. Church in Los Angeles, making her the first female to be appointed to a major metropolitan church in the A.M.E. Church. In 1994, Tyler Guidry was appointed to be the first female presiding elder in the Fifth Episcopal District. On July 5, 2005, Tyler Guidry was elected to become only the second female bishop in the A.M.E. Church.

In addition to her ministry, Tyler Guidry has been involved with a number of other organizations. She has served as the secretary of the board of the John F. Kennedy Hospital in Indio, president of the Riverside County Board of Mental Health and treasurer of the national board of One Church One Child, among many other groups. She is also a contributor to the fourth edition of “Those Preaching Women.” Her first husband, Kerry Tyler, passed away in 1988. She and her husband Don Guidry reside in Los Angeles. She has six children, twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes her mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes where her mother grew up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry shares a story about her maternal family
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry remembers her family life as a child
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry talks about her relationship with her father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry remembers the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry lists the family members in her household growing up
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes her childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes her early educational experiences in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry talks about the application of the separate but equal doctrine in Jackson, Mississippi schools
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry recalls segregation in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry remembers the trial and execution of Willie McGee in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry recalls the day World War II ended
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes the radio shows she listened to with his family as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes what she liked to read as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry talks about secretly being taught African American history at Mary C. Jones Elementary School in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry talks about the teaching of African American history after the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes Brinkley High School in Jackson, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes what she was like as a student
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry talks about attending church as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes meeting her first husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry recalls being courted by her first husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes her marriage to her first husband
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry recalls the reason she went back to school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes her first husband's educational background
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry explains how she became involved in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry recalls the death of Medgar Evers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes her awareness of the crimes committed against African Americans during her youth in Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry recalls 1964's importance in Mississippi's history
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry remembers the Freedom Summer of 1964 in Mississippi
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry recalls her ten-year-old son being jailed with demonstrators in 1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry talks about Robert Parris Moses
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry talks about HistoryMakers Joyce Ladner and Dorie Ladner
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry remembers Civil Rights activists in 1964
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry talks about moving to Los Angeles, California and working at Security Pacific Bank
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes her experience at Los Angeles Bible Training School in Los Angeles, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes her experience as pastor of First A.M.E. Church in Indio, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry recalls her time pastoring in Bakersfield, California and the impact of her first husband's death
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry recalls the movement to elect the first woman bishop in the A.M.E. church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry remembers the election of the first woman bishop in the A.M.E. church in 2000
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry recalls her election as the second woman bishop in the A.M.E. church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes the challenges she faces as bishop of the A.M.E. church
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry explains the history of activism in the A.M.E church and her personal theology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes her hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry reflects upon her life and her career as a minister
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry narrates her photographs, pt.1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry narrates her photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Bishop Carolyn Tyler Guidry narrates her photographs, pt. 3