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Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto (left) leads a conversation about immigration with panelists including Award-winning Salvadoran American poet and activist Javier Zamora (center) and LBJ School Professor Ruth Wasem. (Photo by Jay Godwin)
Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto (left) leads a conversation about immigration with panelists including award-winning
Salvadoran American poet and activist Javier Zamora (center) and LBJ School Professor Ruth Wasem. (Photo by Jay Godwin)

 

The LBJ School community of students, faculty, alumni and staff was proud to partake — on stage, in the audience and online — in The Summit on Race in America, hosted by the LBJ Foundation April 8–10. Civil rights leaders, activists, musicians and comedians gathered for three days of candid conversations on America's racial divide, discussing topics from voting rights and immigration to corporate equality, financial dignity, music and comedy.

LBJ School Dean Angela Evans moderated a discussion on the ongoing quest for voting rights with panelists Jamie Azure, tribal chairman of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians; Julieta Garibay, the Texas director and co-founder of United We Dream; and civil rights legend Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador, congressman and Atlanta mayor.

Professor Peniel Joseph, the Barbara Jordan Chair in Ethics and Political Values and founding director of the school's Center for the Study of Race and Democracy, delivered an inspiring presentation on social justice in America and the pursuit of what Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. called "the beloved community."

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto, director of civic engagement and lecturer at the LBJ School, led a conversation on immigration, its challenges and the American experience today, with Thomas A. Saenz, president and general counsel of MALDEF; LBJ Professor and immigration expert Ruth Wasem; and Javier Zamora, an award-winning Salvadoran American poet and activist.

In addition to the public sessions, LBJ students also met in a small, private setting with three other Summit panelists: American labor leader and civil rights activist Dolores Huerta, founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation; Valerie Jarrett, the former senior adviser to President Barack Obama; and Yamiche Alcindor, White House correspondent for the "PBS NewsHour" and contributor for NBC News and MSNBC.

Over the course of the event, LBJ students took over the school's Twitter account, @thelbjschool, and provided a running in-the-auditorium commentary on each session. Many thanks to Sam Lee, Salimah Jasani, Joel Carter, Amy Kroll, Renee Gadsden, Cara Pavlak and Melissa Bellin, who did a fantastic job. Below is a sampling of their work.


Day by Day: The Summit on Race in America

April 10 | April 9 | April 8


April 8

Evening session: "An Evening with Dolores Huerta and Andrew Young" and "Black, Brown, and Blue: Healing the Divide Between Minority Communities and Law Enforcement" with Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo and civil rights activist and organizer DeRay Mckesson


 

April 9

Morning session


 

Afternoon session


 

Evening Session: "A Conversation with Madeleine Albright" and "What Justice Requires" with Bryan Stevenson


 

April 10

Morning Session


 

Afternoon Session


 

Evening Session: "Motown: Sixty Years of 'Hitsville, USA'"