About Bishop L. J. Guillory, the Ombudsman General
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Ombudsman International’s Chief Executive Officer is Bishop L. J. Guillory , the Ombudsman General. As a Unitarian Minister, his lifetime experience crosses national, cultural, and linguistic boundaries. Born and raised in Compton, California, his years in the entertainment business elevated him to the heights of the Hollywood Hills. Never forgetting or forsaking his roots, he is working harder than ever to serve those who are most in need and least able to help themselves. Steeped in the fundamental teachings of the Baptist Church, his journey of faith led him to a more encompassing understanding of the hopes and aspirations of others and a recognition of the value that is held by all people of compassionate faith. This faith has guided him in his work with the young, such as his African-American Outreach Program for the Boy Scouts, his work with Adult Protective Services to protect the elderly from abuse in hospitals and nursing homes, and also in his prison ministry. This later ministry is dedicated to providing a progressive multi-cultural voice in the struggle to save our nation’s youth from the dead-end prison system. He is at the forefront in the fight to save wasted lives by working to open a unique college in Texas for first time offenders and other young people by giving them a chance to go to college instead of jail.
In his own youth, Bishop Guillory was befriended and mentored by community leaders who encouraged his natural interests in public service. His abilities were first recognized as the Youth Representative for the March of Dimes in Compton because of the amount of money that he was able to raise for that cause. He later became the Founder and President of the Junior American Youth for Community Excellence and Education (Jay-Cees), which sponsored community awareness events in Los Angeles County. The story of those early years is told in his book, “I Know Why the Caged Lion Roars”. In more recent years, he has been a frequent guest on a number of network shows, including CNN and Fox. He has his own talk show called the “Ombudsman Press” and publishes his own newspaper by the same name.
Bishop Guillory is currently serving as Ombudsman General for Ombudsman International, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that acts as a government oversight agency to investigate complaints of corruption by public employees as well as government agents and contractors. Guillory has always been the first to say, “I am not a saint but I love God and will always stand up for what is right at any cost”. The evidence of that stand can be seen in the fights that he has had with corrupt politicians, abusive law enforcement agencies, and illegal influence peddling by special interests.