Lawrence Guyot, chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party's executive committee, is shown during a news conference in Washington, D.C., December 28, 1964.
Lawrence Guyot, a civil rights leader who survived jailhouse beatings in the Deep South in the late 1960s before moving to the D.C. area, died last week at his home in Mount Rainer, Md.
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton says Guyott was an unsung hero of the civil rights movement. He was a Mississippi native who worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and served as director of the 1964 Freedom Summer project, an effort to register African Americans to vote.
Guyott received a law degree in 1971 from Rutgers University, and then moved to the District, working to get Marion Barry elected mayor in 1978. He later worked for the D.C. government, and also served on an Advisory Neighborhood Commission.
Guyott's daughter, Julie, says her father continued to push for and speak out on voting rights issues until his death. Guyot was 73. Funeral services are pending.