Brian C. Guequierre

As Interviewed By Autry Guequierre, March 24, 2019

Brian C. Guequierre: In His Own Words

My name is Brian Guequierre. I have a Doctor of Jurisprudence, that’s a lawyer's degree. That is my profession, I am an attorney.

I first found out about the Baha’i Faith on the SAT. There was a reading comprehension question -- it asked you to answer questions based on three paragraphs that said things like; Baha’is believe in the elimination of all forms of prejudice, that all religions are one, that science and religion agree, that men and women are equal, that the elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty can come about through a spiritual solution of the economic problems of the world. All things that made a bunch of sense for me at the time, that I thought they had made up for the test, because I didn't think you could put a real religion on the test. I went home and told my dad, “Hey, they had a religion on the SAT that if it was real I might be interested in.” Later on I found out it was.

Currently, I'm involved serving on the Local Spiritual Assembly, also serving on the Luis Gregory Race Unity Board, and serving as an animator in the Junior Youth Spiritual Empowerment Program, and also as a part of my daily life -- there's prayer, there's meditation, there's fasting. It's a big part of my family life with my wife and kids.

Louis Gregory came here in 1920 and spoke at Huston-Tillotson. Anna Ranke the first Texas Baha’i, she was there and she integrated the meeting. She was white, he was African-American. Sweatt V. Painer -- Heman Sweatt was a Baha’i, the plaintiff in the case that Thurgood Marshall argued that helped end segregation, the separate but equal policy. It wasn't until Brown vs. The Board Of Education that it was finally ended, but that was a step on the way. All of the Affirmative Action cases that have come through U.T. there has been Baha’i connections to.

He (Louis Gregory) was what is called a Hand of the Cause of God. Which, even though there is no clergy in the Baha’i Faith, that would be the equivalent of being a Saint or a Bishop or a Cardinal or something like that, because he played a really important role really early on. He is very well respected and revered in the Baha’i Faith. I have been working with the symposium for thirteen years, and we are raising money for an endowed chair at HT (Huston-Tillotson) in honor of Louis Gregory’s memory.