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24th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights to Offer Forum for Discussion of Diversity Issues at the University

AUSTIN, Texas-- April 13, 2010-- The LBJ School of Public Affairs is one of many sponsors from The University of Texas at Austin for the 24th Annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights, April 22-23, 2010. The annual symposium, coordinated by the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement,  honors the legacy of Heman Marion Sweatt, the first African American to attend The University of Texas School of Law.

Themed, “60 Years of Integration: Civil Rights Then and Now,” the symposium will examine the impact of the Sweatt Decision (Sweatt v. Painter) on diversity at The University of Texas at Austin today. A highlight of the symposium will be “Historic Conversations: Sitting at the Knees of Our Elders,” a panel discussion that includes some of the first African American students to be admitted to the university. Dr. Raymond Johnson, a UT alum who attended graduate school at Rice University and was the first African American to graduate from Rice University, will provide the keynote. Dr. Johnson was the first African American professor at the University of Maryland and is currently the distinguished W. L. Moody Jr. Visiting Professor in mathematics at Rice University. The two-day event will also provide a forum to actively engage in dialogue regarding diversity and diversity initiatives at the university. The event will also focus on the future with such discussions as the university’s recent historic decision to establish a degree-granting Department for African and African Diaspora Studies.

During the closing session, there will be an awards presentation for the Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition. Barbara Jordan was the first African American female member of the Texas House of Represntatives and was a U.S. Senator and a distinguished member of the LBJ School faculty.

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