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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Employee
Civil Rights Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Apples
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mississippi
Favorite Quote:
Power is everything.

Birthplace

Born:
7/17/1939
Birth Location:
Pass Christian, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
Occupation(s):
City Government Employee
Civil Rights Activist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Apples
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Mississippi
Favorite Quote:
Power is everything.

Birthplace

Born:
7/17/1939
Birth Location:
Pass Christian
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Biography

Lawrence Thomas Guyot, Jr was born on July 17, 1939 in Pass Christian, Mississippi. He was a raised in a traditional Catholic home, attending parochial schools until high school. His mother was a domestic and his father was a builder and carpenter. His great-uncle, Louis Piernas was interviewed for the Slave Narratives Federal Writers Project in the 1930s. Guyot earned his high school diploma in 1957 from Randolph High School, where he was a member of the debate and basketball teams. As a young man, Guyot held a number of part-time jobs including janitor, longshoreman and waiter.

Guyot earned his B.S. degree in biology and philosophy from Tougaloo College in 1964. While at Tougaloo, he became active in civil rights and was one of the original members of SNCC. In 1964, Guyot directed the Freedom Summer Project in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. That same year, he was elected chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. He was unable to accompany the delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey because he was jailed for registering black voters. The MDFP’s actions in New Jersey ultimately led to the DNC desegregating future conventions and the party itself. In 1966, Guyot ran for Congress as an anti-war candidate. After earning his law degree in 1971 from Rutgers University, he worked as a fundraiser for Mary Holmes Junior College in Mississippi. From 1971 until 1972, he worked for Pride Inc., a youth job-training program in Washington, D.C. In 1972, Guyot was hired to work in the D.C. Government by a SNCC colleague, former Mayor Marion Barry.

Guyot continues to work for the Department of Health and Human Services for the District of Columbia Government. He has also remained active in local politics and civil rights issues. He is an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for his Le Droit Park community. Guyot conducts leadership trainings for a number of organizations including Operation Understanding; the University of Ole Miss; Georgetown University and Americorp.

In 2004 Guyot co-authored Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching, a resource guide for K-12 classrooms. He has been featured in several documentaries, including Eyes on the Prize, Making Sense of the Sixties, The War on Poverty and Tales of the FBI.

Lawrence Guyot passed away on November 23, 2012.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Lawrence Guyot's interview, session one, pt. 1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Slating of Lawrence Guyot's interview, session one, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Lawrence Guyot lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Lawrence Guyot describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Lawrence Guyot talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Lawrence Guyot talks about his father
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Lawrence Guyot talks about the legal aid that he received from Mississippi attorney and former lieutenant governor, Cayton Bidwell Adam, Sr.
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Lawrence Guyot describes his family's ancestry
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Lawrence Guyot talks about his paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Lawrence Guyot talks about his maternal grandfather, Jules Piernas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Lawrence Guyot describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Lawrence Guyot describes the town of Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Lawrence Guyot talks about a formerly enslaved woman who lived in his hometown, Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Lawrence Guyot lists his siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Lawrence Guyot describes the sights, sounds and smells of growing up in Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Lawrence Guyot talks about being the school janitor while a student at J.W. Randolph School in Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Lawrence Guyot describes his experience at St. Philomena School in Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Lawrence Guyot remembers holidays and religious rituals from his childhood in Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Lawrence Guyot describes his personality and aspirations as a youth in Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Lawrence Guyot describes his experience at J.W. Randolph School in Pass Christian, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Lawrence Guyot talks about his role models in high school and his decision to go to college
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Lawrence Guyot talks about his thwarted plan to earn money from slot machines as a teenager
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Lawrence Guyot talks about the influential people he met while at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Lawrence Guyot discusses his introduction to the Civil Rights Movement at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Lawrence Guyot discusses his introduction to the Civil Rights Movement at Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, Mississippi, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Lawrence Guyot talks about his initial involvement with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Lawrence Guyot describes the background to the Civil Rights Movement in Mccomb, Mississippi in the early 1960s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Lawrence Guyot talks about Fannie Lou Hamer and the use of religion in building the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Lawrence Guyot talks about the consolidation of civil rights organizations into the Council of Federated Organizations in 1962
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Lawrence Guyot remembers organizing for Freedom Summer, the 1964 voter registration drive in Mississippi
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Lawrence Guyot describes the reaction in Pass Christian, Mississippi to his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Lawrence Guyot talks about the establishment of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party in 1964
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Lawrence Guyot talks about the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at the 1964 Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Lawrence Guyot talks about the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party at the 1964 Democratic Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Lawrence Guyot reflects upon the membership and goals of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Lawrence Guyot talks about the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party's role in desegregating the Democratic Party conventions and the party as a whole
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Lawrence Guyot talks about the role of women in the Civil Rights Movement and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Lawrence Guyot reflects upon his experiences as a political prisoner and the achievements of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Lawrence Guyot talks about his 1966 congressional run on an anti-Vietnam War platform
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Lawrence Guyot talks about attending Rutgers Law School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Lawrence Guyot talks about HistoryMaker Marion Barry's support of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Lawrence Guyot talks about his work with Pride Incorporated and with the Washington, D.C. government
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Slating of Lawrence Guyot's interview, second session
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Lawrence Guyot talks about his work with the Coalition for the Homeless
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Lawrence Guyot discusses HistoryMaker The Honorable Marion Barry's political career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Lawrence Guyot discusses his efforts for Washington, D.C. statehood and race relations in America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Lawrence Guyot talks about his work with the Department of Human Services and after-school programs in the public school system in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Lawrence Guyot talks about his service in three mayoral administrations in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Lawrence Guyot describes his service as an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Lawrence Guyot shares his views on race relations in America
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Lawrence Guyot talks about his involvement in economic development and revitalization projects in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Lawrence Guyot talks about racism and gentrification in Washington, D.C.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Lawrence Guyot talks about suffering police brutality while jailed in Winona, Mississippi and Medgar Evers's death in 1963
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Lawrence Guyot discusses voter registration numbers among African Americans in the 2004 presidential elections
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Lawrence Guyot discusses the book 'Putting the Movement Back into Civil Rights Teaching' and other means to teach the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Lawrence Guyot reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Lawrence Guyot shares his views on current African American leaders, pt. 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Lawrence Guyot shares his views on current African American leaders, pt. 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Lawrence Guyot talks about how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Lawrence Guyot reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Lawrence Guyot names important books about the Civil Rights Movement