To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, the LBJ School is reflecting on the seminal nature of the civil rights legislation passed by President Johnson while examining civil rights issues in America and around the world today. Through events like the Civil Rights Summit and faculty experts in the news, the LBJ School is advancing the public dialogue surrounding modern day Civil Rights issues.Read more
The LBJ School of Public Affairs will host a series of student-focused events to encourage dialogue around the great policy challenges that will be at the center of the Civil Rights Summit, April 8-10, hosted by the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum. These events will be open to the LBJ School of Public Affairs and UT School of Law Communities and will be designed to engage students in meaningful dialogue on the policy and law implications at the heart of the Summit’s four presidential addresses.Read more
Leading Civil Rights Scholar Lani Guinier Calls for a Renewal of Civil Rights-Era Leadership in Barbara Jordan Forum Keynote Address
As the highlight of the 18th Annual Barbara Jordan Forum , leading civil rights attorney and scholar Lani Guinier addressed current students, alumni and community members as part of the LBJ School’s “50 for 50” initiative, a series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the Civil Rights Act. In her talk, Guinier, the first African-American female tenured professor at Harvard Law School, called for a new movement of “leading from behind” that harkens back to the method of leadership used by the civil rights movement to win legislative victories in the mid-1960s.Read more
President Barack Obama to Deliver Keynote at Civil Rights Summit; First Lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to join the President.
Today, the White House announced that President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at a Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, April 10, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama will attend the Summit with the President. The three-day Civil Rights Summit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Act, along with the 1965 Voting Rights Act and the Fair Housing Act in 1968, helped establish the legal foundation in fulfilling the long elusive promise of equality among all Americans. The Summit will not only celebrate those pivotal laws, but, just as LBJ would have wanted, will address the civil rights issues we face today in America and around the world.Read more