Interview with Lawrence Guyot
QUESTION 7
INTERVIEWER:

WAS MEDGAR EVERS INVOVLED IN COFO AT ALL?

Lawrence Guyot:

Medgar Evers was instrument—int—integrally involved and was very definitely supportive. It is, it is amazingly—Medgar was, became convinced when we invited Medgar to a meeting in Greenwood, Mississippi. We were—see, for some thirty-two years, the NAACP had existed in Mississippi, before COFO was established and before SNCC became active. Activism, on a statewide basis, and involving people other than paid personnel of civil rights organizations, we started that. Medgar could identify with that, when he saw what we were—the kind of support we got from people in the delta, home—uh, Greenwood specifically. I remember driving from Greenwood to Holmes County to get Mr. Hawkman Turnbo out of jail with Dory Ladner, Dave Dennis, Medgar, myself, and we were talking—and Colleen Lidell, and we were talking about how we were going to work together. Unfortunately, Med—Medgar was assassinated before that could really—before he could really continue his role in COFO, but as far as his commitment to it, there was absolutely no question about it.