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November 29, 2012
Mr Guyot worked with my father, Vernon F. Dahmer ,Sr. in the "Hattiesburg Movement" during the early sixties in Mississippi. I was 10-12 years old during that time and had very little personal involvement in the movement, but I was in a position to observe some of what went on. Mr Guyot was typical of the student and young adult workers & organizers that I remember, who were active in the movement. I was impressed with their level of commitment to the cause, the fact that they believed their actions & sacrifices would bring about a racial change, to say in public what everybody else wanted to say, and the courage to ACT....YES TO ACT by organizing...protesting...picketing... getting arrested on trumped up charges & then going to jail for weeks and months. Mr Guyot & others did this in an environment where physical harm, or death, was a reality....Mr Guyot & I both know first-hand what this reality was all about! I was equally impressed with their ability to work with & organize "grass roots" community people. Mr. Guyot and his cohorts had the intellect, education & necessary skills to have choosen a more traditional sixties Black college graduate career path and be successful as one could be in a segregated, Jim Crow South. Mr. Guyot, could have moved North to better economic opportunities,like a lot of his college classmates did, but instead....... he choose a different path! A path of activism that would bring about change in the racial climate of not only Mississippi, but America. A path that created economic opportunities for Blacks in Mississippi, but at the same time "the activist" were personally left out of this economic progress because of the contempt felt towards them by those still in charge. They were mad because Mr. Guyot & cohorts has forced Mississippi to become a better, fairer and more equal place for everybody! I for one am glad that Mr. Guyot choose the path that he did!! I had the pleasure to get to know & talk Mr. Guyot in later years and was always intrigued & enlighten by his comments on the events that took place during the hard fought days of the Mississippi Civil Rights struggle. Rest well Mr. Guyot......you have earned it, along with my eternal respect and gratitude!
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