Lawrence Guyot, a civil rights leader who worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and served as director of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, died Thursday at the age of 73. The Freedom Summer Project brought thousands of young people to Mississippi to register blacks to vote despite a history of violence and intimidation against their right to do so. Guyot 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. He survived jailhouse beatings and continued to speak on voting rights until his death, including encouraging people to cast ballots for President Obama.
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