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"President Johnson's legislative achievements transformed our society and are a testament to his ability to 'get things done.' We intend to draw upon his legacy as a way to inspire a new generation to tackle the great policy challenges of our time, to overcome stagnation in politics to make the world a better place." —LBJ School Dean Robert Hutchings

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.

Faculty Experts: Civil Rights And Beyond

LBJ School and University of Texas at Austin faculty were on hand to share their expertise on a myriad of issues pertaining to civil rights. From historical perspectives to education, income inequality, and healthcare, faculty experts enriched the dialogue generated by the Civil Rights Summit. For a list of available experts, go to the experts guide on the Civil Rights Summit website, at

Fifty years ago Civil Rights Act reshaped U.S. - Leader-Post, July 2, 2014

Can Rand Paul break past controversy over Civil Rights Act comments? - CNN, July 3, 2014

Unfinished Business: The Civil Rights Act and Education by Robert Hutchings- Education Week, July 2, 2014

LBJ's Legacy Lives on by Robert Hutchings - Huffington Post, April 8, 2014

America's Promise is Possible by Shirley Franklin - Huffington Post, April 7, 2014

How the Civil Rights Act pioneered anti-discrimination laws in America - PBS Newshour, April 10, 2014

Civil Rights and Immigration Reform: Do They Belong Together? - NBC News, April 8, 2014

Pres. Carter: US is 'dormant' on fight for racial equality - The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, MSNBC, April 9, 2014

Looking back at LBJ's progressive policies - The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, MSNBC, April 10, 2014


Civil Rights Summit LogoLBJ School@The Civil Rights Summit

On April 8-10, 2014, the LBJ Presidential Library hosted a Civil Rights Summit, comprised of afternoon panel discussions followed by evening keynote addresses. The Civil Rights Summit is this year’s cornerstone event of a multiyear anniversary celebration of President Johnson’s prodigious legislative legacy. Throughout the course of the next several years, the LBJ Presidential Library, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and the LBJ Foundation will partner to commemorate the anniversaries of seminal laws signed by President Johnson that continue to resonate today.

For a playlist of videos from the Summit, visit the LBJ School's Youtube Channel.

Civil Rights Summit Panel: Social Justice in the 21st Century: Empowering Minds, Changing Hearts, and Inspiring Service

LBJ School Dean Robert Hutchings introduced the April 10, afternoon panel "Social Justice in the 21st Century: Empowering Minds, Changing Hearts, and Inspiring Service." Moderated by Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor Shirley Franklin, former Mayor of Atlanta, this panel featured leaders in social justice issues of today discuss their initiatives to direct 21st century social change. Panelists include:Lex Frieden, Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Texas Health Science Center; David Robinson, Hall of Fame center for the NBA San Antonio Spurs and honored philanthropist;Maria Shriver, Humanitarian, journalist and former First Lady of California; and Steve Stoute, Founder and CEO of Translation.


Civil Rights: Explore LBJ's Policy Legacy Through 40 Years of LBJ School Research

The LBJ School's Research Portal is the window into the valuable and timely research our faculty and research scientists produce on some of the most important public policy issues of our time. Search through our database to access social policy research covering the spectrum of President Lyndon Johnson's unprecedented legislative achievements.

social media symbol#CivilRightsSummit: Connect with us on Twitter and Facebook

The LBJ School live-tweeted from the Civil Rights Summit from @TheLBJSchool using the Summit hashtag #CivilRightsSummit. LBJ School students added their voices to the conversation online from the officially-sponsored student publication The Baines Report. Check out @TheBainesReport for student perspectives and op-eds. Below are social media highlights from the entire three-day Summit.



April 8 Social Media Highlights

April 9 Social Media Highlights

April 9 Day 2.5 Social Media Highlights

April 10 Best Social Media from President Barack Obama's Address

April 10 Social Media Highlights

Best of Instagram from the Civil Rights Summit

Playlist of Videos from the Summit on the LBJ School's Youtube Channel

LBJ 50 logo Civil Rights Summit Student Events: Empowering the Next “Get It Done” Generation

The LBJ School of Public Affairs hosted a series of student-focused events to encourage dialogue around the great policy challenges at the center of the Civil Rights Summit, April 8-10, hosted by the LBJ Presidential Library and Museum. These events were open to the LBJ School of Public Affairs and UT School of Law Communities and were  designed to engage students in meaningful dialogue on the policy and law implications at the heart of the Summit’s four presidential addresses.


50 for 50 logo 50 for 50: Empowering the Next 'Get it Done' Generation 

Over the next two years, the School will present “50 for 50”, a special series of 50 events for 50 years, exploring the critical civil rights issues of our time such as human rights and social justice and calling for a renewed effort to "get things done" in order to improve the lives of all citizens. Below is an interactive calendar with more information on events.