miércoles, 29 de mayo de 2013

Lawrence Guyout Dies at 73

READ MORE HERE bit.ly WASHINGTON -- Lawrence Guyot, a civil rights leader who survived jailhouse beatings in the Deep South in the 1960s and went on to encourage generations to get involved in various causes, died late Thursday or early Friday outside Washington, DC at the age of 73. His daughter Julie Guyot-Diangone said late Saturday that Guyot (pronounced GHEE-ott) died at home in Mount Rainier, Md. She said he'd had a history of heart problems and suffered from diabetes. A Mississippi native, Guyot 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. READ MORE HERE bit.ly Lawrence Guyout Dies at 73
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