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LBJ School's PAACC Presents "Who Then Will Speak for the Common Good?" as Part of the Week-Long Barbara Jordan Statue Dedication Activities

Event will feature former LBJ School Dean Max Sherman, U.T. Women's Track and Field Coach Beverly Kearney, and Texas Senator Rodney Ellis

AUSTIN, TX, April 15, 2009-- The Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color (PAACC), a student organization at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, will host "Who Then Will Speak for the Common Good," on April 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Texas Union Quadrangle Room as part of a week of dedication activities leading up to the unveiling of a Barbara Jordan statue on the University of Texas at Austin campus. The unveiling will be held among the Battle oaks at 24th and Whitis Streets on Friday, April 24 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. For more information, visit:

The event's title, "Who Then Will Speak for the Common Good?" is taken from Jordan's 1976 Democratic Keynote Address and is the subject of the 2009 Barbara Jordan High School Essay Competition, a local compeition for students enrolled in the Austin Independent School District or the Del Valle Independent School District. High school students were invited to participate in the essay contest as part of the 2009 Barbara Jordan National Forum that took place on February 19, 2009.

The event will feature Max Sherman, former LBJ School dean and a close friend of the late Jordan, who will share his remarks on Jordan's contributions to public policy, U.T. Women's Track and Field Coach Beverly Kearney, and Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. Two essay competition finalists, Rebekah Burns, senior from McCallum High School, and Elizabeth Williams, senior from Stephen F. Austin High School, will also be honored during an awards ceremony and will be invited to read their essay on their interpretation of Jordan's meaning of the common good.

The event will focus on the power of Barbara Jordan's words and will showcase Jordan's influence on past, present and future leaders.

"This lecture is in honor of Barbara Jordan's legacy and poses the question of the 'common good,'" said Nadia Bobb, 2009 Barbara Jordan National Forum Student Co-Chair and PAACC Treasurer. "As a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Ms. Jordan taught leadership and ethics courses that continue to inspire current and future leaders."

The University of Texas at Austin Barbara Jordan Statue Project Committee composed of students, faculty, staff, and alumni selected artist Bruce Wolfe of Piedmont, California, to create a commemorative outdoor bronze statue in honor of the late Barbara Jordan, making it the first statue of a woman to be installed on The University of Texas at Austin campus. The Barbara Jordan Statue Unveiling is scheduled for April 24, 2009 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the statue site located at 24th and Whitis Streets.

"Being a student in Barbara Jordan's class taught me the value of ethics and brought out my own values through discussion in class without even realizing it," said Kennard Wright, Alumni Coordinator for the LBJ School's Office of Student and Alumni Programs. "She loved you, she challenged you to be better. She spoke truth and exemplified the best qualities in mankind."

PAACC's mission is to promote awareness and understanding of policy issues affecting communities of color by initiating dialogue, activities, and programs within the LBJ School community. Through these efforts, PAACC strives to contribute to the education of future policymakers.