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Media Mention June 1, 2020

From the 1960s to 2020: Civil unrest in the face of systematic injustice

LBJ's Peniel Joseph, director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, says these protests also signal a "generational opportunity" — to acknowledge and address racism and white supremacy within the country's institutions.

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Media Mention June 1, 2020

UT Austin professor says protests signal 'generational opportunity' to address racism

A leading voice on race relations says George Floyd's death represents a national tragedy that should be turned into an opportunity for change. "What I hope happens here, is that we turn this national crisis into a generational opportunity. And that opportunity is to really build what Martin Luther King Jr. called a beloved community that was free of not just racism but was also free of racial segregation," said Peniel Joseph, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at The University of Texas at Austin.

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Media Mention June 1, 2020

The evolution of protests

In major cities across the nation this weekend, people gathered to protest the police killings of black Americans. Peniel Joseph is founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. He joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how these protests resemble demonstrations of the Civil Rights era – and how social media and video footage have changed how people protest. Joseph’s recent book is called The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.

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Media Mention June 1, 2020

This national moment of grief and mourning can become a marker of public shame or a symbol of American renewal

The public execution of George Floyd and the protests it sparked reflect the contemporary magnitude of racial injustice in America, and a tragic racial history in which Austin is implicated, writes LBJ's Peniel Joseph.

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Media Mention June 1, 2020

What would Martin Luther King Jr. say about the current civil unrest?

"American cities are burning, and once again Martin Luther King Jr.'s name is being invoked as a balm against violence," writes LBJ's Peniel Joseph. "Protests erupting in 75 cities in the aftermath of George Floyd's public execution in Minneapolis have varied from peaceful multiracial gatherings to sporadic violence that has included police officers brutalizing innocent bystanders, in one instance driving a cruiser into a crowd of demonstrators, and the looting of small and large downtown businesses."

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Black Lives Matter demonstrators kneel in the street to protest the killing of George Floyd. Credit: Clay Banks, Unsplash
Media Mention May 31, 2020

UT Austin professor discusses the reasons behind the Austin protests

"Really talking about longstanding problems of racial injustice in the United States, and Austin is not immune to these problems," said LBJ's Peniel Joseph. "I think, amidst this tragedy – and we've seen it with the pandemic and racial disparities — we really have a generational opportunity to try to transform these inequities in the criminal justice system, but also think about racial segregation in public school, in housing, in government, in every single aspect of our lives.

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Media Mention May 31, 2020

The killing of Floyd represents a national tragedy that should be turned into a generational opportunity

Dismantling racial oppression begins by acknowledging the way in which an unequal justice system impacts social welfare, education, housing and employment in a way that amplifies a racial caste system, writes LBJ's Peniel Joseph.

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Feature May 22, 2020

The Graduating Class of 2020: Tahar Hichri (MGPS '20)

"I learned several frameworks at LBJ, but most importantly I earned a valuable network of friends who are passionate and expert about several topics ranging from international energy policy to food aid in the developing world," said LBJ student Tahar Hichri (MGPS '20). "The LBJ experience goes beyond class. It's an international community of policy wonks that I feel proud to be part of!"

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LBJ student Tahar Hichri (MGPS '20)
Feature May 22, 2020

LBJ's 49th commencement celebrates the Class of 2020

On Saturday, May 23, 2020, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs proudly sent its 49th cohort out into the arena. WATCH: Dean Angela Evans's words of encouragement and inspiration; reflections by class speaker Mohamed Abufalgha (MGPS '20) on his experiences and his hopes for the future; and commencement speaker Colin Crowell, Twitter's former VP of global public policy and philanthropy, on life in policy and business.

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Scenes from the socially distanced LBJ School 2020 commencement
Feature May 18, 2020

The Graduating Class of 2020: Mohamed Abufalgha chosen as class speaker

"I had the privilege of learning from some of the most experienced, smartest professors around... yet, despite their experience, knowledge and fame they were all very humble, generous and kind to me," said MGPS student Mohamed Abufalgha, who was chosen as the 2020 class speaker. "I learned a lot just from observing the way they act, let alone what they taught in class."

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LBJ MGPS graduate Mohamed Abufalgha, the 2020 class speaker

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