Hundreds of friends and relatives gathered at Good Will Baptist Church in Northwest Washington on Dec. 15 to celebrate the life of civil rights activist and Washington D.C. statehood advocate Lawrence T. Guyot. He died Nov. 23 at 73.
The gathering of those who wanted to say goodbye included politicians, journalists, civic leaders, educators and young people who had been mentored by Guyot. Also present were several veterans of the civil rights movement who had worked with Guyot for decades. He is remembered as a fierce and fearless advocate who worked tirelessly for more than 50 years from his early days as a volunteer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party to his days as an ANC commissioner. Guyot was an expert on voting rights and a staunch supporter of President Obama.
A repast at the African American Civil War Museum followed the memorial service.