12/16/2012 10:55 am ET

Lawrence Guyot, Civil Rights Icon, Memorialized By Hundreds At D.C. Service


Decades after they stood as foot soldiers in a multiracial army to integrate the South, veterans of the civil rights battles of the 1960s gathered in a Northwest Washington church Saturday to celebrate the life of Lawrence Thomas Guyot Jr.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, U.S. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) and Council member Marion Barry all were seated in the pulpit of the Goodwill Baptist Church to pay tribute to Guyot, a man who went from being a Mississippi activist during the bloodiest chapter of the civil rights movement to a community leader in the city for decades.

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