Interview with Lawrence Guyot
QUESTION 26
INTERVIEWER:

UM, YOU, CAN YOU TELL ME THAT YOU WERE THE UH, THE UH, CHAIRMAN OF THE PARTY, AND UH, AND UH, WHY YOU DIDN'T GO TO THE CONVENTION?

Lawrence Guyot:

I wa—I was the—I'm very proud to be able to say I was elected chairman of the… I'm very proud to be able to say I was elected chairman of the state convention, state committee, state executive committee, of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. I ran, I defeated Aaron Henry in that election. And I'm even more proud of the fact that Joseph Rauh, who was later to become a representative of the Freedom Democratic Party at that Convention, was supportive, was openly supportive of Aaron Henry, even though he was supposed to be supporting us. I had the support of people and, and the reason I'm proud of that election, most proud of it, is I had the support of Fannie Lou Hamer, Victoria Gray, Anny Devine, Peggy Connor, and others. They were the people who made it possible.