October Thursday, 2014 at 4:43 pm


Lawrence Thomas Guyot is a community organizer and earned a B.S. degree in biology and philosophy from Tugaloo College.

While at Tugaloo, he became active in civil rights and was one of the original members of SNCC. In 1964, Guyot directed the Freedom Summer Project in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. That same year, he was elected chairman of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. He was unable to accompany the delegation to the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey because he was jailed for registering black voters.

The MDFP’s actions in New Jersey ultimately led to the DNC desegregating future conventions and the party itself. In 1966, Guyot ran for Congress as an anti-war candidate.

After earning his law degree in 1971 from Rutgers University, he worked as a fundraiser for Mary Holmes Junior College in Mississippi. From 1971 until 1972, he worked for Pride Inc., a youth job-training program in Washington, D.C. In 1972, Guyot was hired to work in the D.C. Government by a SNCC colleague, former Mayor Marion Barry.

Guyot continues to work for the Department of Health and Human Services for the District of Columbia Government. He has also remained active in local politics and civil rights issues. He is an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner for his Le Droit Park community. Guyot conducts leadership trainings for a number of organizations including Operation Understanding; the University of Ole Miss; Georgetown University and Americorp.

In 2004 Guyot co-authored Putting the Movement Back Into Civil Rights Teaching, a resource guide for K-12 classrooms. He has been featured in several documentaries, including Eyes on the Prize, Making Sense of the Sixties, The War on Poverty and Tales of the FBI.

Faye Williams, founder of Sisterspace and Books, is a highly regarded activist, bibliophile, and cultural guardian. Her grassroots leadership, friendship and kinship touch people across the national capital area and indeed around the world. Faye’s activism has focused on many of the major issues of our day. Her work on prisoners’ rights includes campaigning for the Free Pitts and Lee, and the Free Dessie Woods, movements.

In the health justice arena, she co-founded The Black Women’s Self-Help Collective, and worked tirelessly on the effort to stop medical experimentation in the form of mandatory HPV shots likely to affect the reproductive capacities of girls of color in DC’s public schools.

On housing issues, Faye has stood up for tenants’ rights, and was part of the successful effort to preserve the historic building that now houses the Greater Washington Urban League and dedicate it for community use.

With a heart and head that brings brilliance on cultural matters as well, Faye is a formidable literary expert and speaker on African American literature and history. She previously hosted a popular show, “In the Spirit,” on WPFW-FM, a jewel of the Pacifica network and of the DC community. She is a member of the No Name Bookclub, one of the forerunners of Black women’s literary groups in the nation.

Faye’s civic and business leadership has taken her to posts on the board of the Takoma [DC] Conservancy to preserve and promote the revitalization of the historic Takoma Theater in Northwest Washington’s Ward 4 neighborhood; and business membership in the Brightwood Community Association.

Faye is a member of the Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ, and was elected to a term as archivist, and currently serving by election to the Board of Social Action.

Her formal education includes a Bachelor of Arts in American Studies from The George Washington University (1994), and completion of paralegal studies at the Antioch Law School (1986).

Most of all, Faye is a beloved champion of women, Black folks, LGBT and progressive advocates.