WTF? WHAT MAKES CIVIL RIGHTS FROM THE PAST SO IMPORTANT? WHY DID EVERYONE RUN TO MISSISSIPPI TO FIGHT CIVIL INJUSTICE? HUM, SAY WHAT YOU WILL, CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS OF THE PAST ARE A SELECTIVE GROUP POSING NO DANGER TO PRESENT DAY VIOLATORS OF CIVIL RIGHTS.
CIVIL RIGHT’S LEADER DIES AT 73.
Lawrence Guyot, a civil rights leader who survived jailhouse beatings in the Deep South in the 1960s and went on to encourage generations to get involved, has died. He was 73.
A Mississippi native,Guyot (pronounced GHEE-ott) had a history of heart problems and suffered from diabetes, and died at home in Mount Rainier, Md., his daughter Julie Guyot-Diangone said late Saturday. She said he died sometime Thursday night; other media reported he passed away Friday.
Guyot, served as director of the 1964 Freedom Summer Project, which brought thousands of young people to the state to register blacks to vote despite a history of violence and intimidation by authorities. He 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.
Guyot was severely beaten several times, including at the notorious Mississippi State Penitentiary known as Parchman Farm. He continued to speak on voting rights until his death, including encouraging people to cast ballots for President Barack Obama.
“He was a civil rights field worker right up to the end,” “There is nothing like having risked your life with people over something immensely important to you. “As Churchill said, there’s nothing more exhilarating than to have been shot at – and missed” Guyot participated in the 40th anniversary of the Freedom Summer Project to make sure a new generation could learn about the civil rights movement.
A frequent go-to for national news outlets hard-pressed to find something political to fill the void left by the presidential election. A quick search of “Mississippi” None fits the bill more so than former Gov. Haley Barbour. Politico, a Web magazine geared toward inside-the-beltway coverage, gives you more articles quoting Barbour than anyone who’s actually in office in the Magnolia State.
If we don’t do something now about entitlement reform, it gets harder next year.” Earlier this month, he was quoted in the New York Times saying, “We’ve got to give our political organization a very serious look at everything.”His point, we think, was that the party needs to reexamine some of its more hardline policies after losing consecutive bids for the White House. ________________________________
Mayor Harvey Johnson Jr. hoped the Jackson City Council would vote to hire bond counsel and other financial advisers for a proposed $90 million contract with Siemens.
However there was no vote at all. Ward 1 Councilman Quentin Whitwell blocked the items from going to a vote in his committee by adjourning within a minute of calling the meeting to order and left Johnson pretty ticked off. At one point, Johnson demanded to see the meetings minutes to check for broken Rules of Order, by Robert’s which stipulate how meetings should be run.
After arguing and a sidebar with the city attorneys, Whitwell reported that nothing had been handled improperly, and the show went on, whether the council president wanted it to or not. “This will not be a political show,” President Tony Yarber said , trying to take control of the meeting. ________________________________
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