Farewell to an Activist
I just read Barrington Salmon's story about the passing of Civil Rights legend Lawrence Guyot online. Mr. Salmon is to be commended for the great job he did in capturing the essence of this man for those of us who didn't know him. I read the story several times and shared it with friends.
Mr. Guyot's death is a reminder that the young lions of the Civil Rights era are passing into history. We would do well to keep their memories alive and not make the dedication and sacrifices they exhibited be in vain. We owe Lawrence Guyot a debt of gratitude.
Kudos to Mr. Salmon and to the Washington Informer for their fine work.
Barrington Salmon's stories on the death of Lawrence Guyot remind me of the importance of the Washington Informer to our community. I appreciated both stories because they gave readers two distinct sides of a man who appeared to be so many different things to different people.
Lawrence Guyot had the heart of a warrior and an acute sense of fair play that often put him in very dangerous positions as a young man. He is a disappearing breed in a world where people are more concerned with what's on their IPODs and on TIVO than with fighting against the many problems and issues that we in the black community face every day.
I hope the city sees fit to honor Mr. Guyot with a park, a building, or a scholarship in his honor. Better still, Mr. Guyot's life and work should be required reading for every D.C. student. We cannot afford to forget this great man or his significant contributions. If we do, we do so at our own peril.