Next week, the eyes of America will be trained on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. To mark the 50th anniversary of the movement that culminated in Civil Rights Act of 1964, the LBJ Presidential Library will host a three-day civil rights summit April 8-10. The Civil Rights Summit will bring more high-profile visitors to The University of Texas campus than any event in memory. President Obama will address the gathering as will three former presidents — President Carter, President Clinton, and President George W. Bush.
The three days of panel discussions, speakers, and performances will feature not only civil rights pioneers such as John Lewis, Andrew Young, and Vernon Jordan but giants of our culture like Mavis Staples, Graham Nash, Jim Brown, Bill Russell, and Billie Jean King. Authors, historians, and journalists like Bob Schieffer, Maria Shriver, and Tina Brown will join politicians, opinion leaders, and our many alumni and faculty who had connections to the Johnson Administration to discuss President Johnson’s legacy and the current state of civil rights in America.
I’m proud that our campus will be the center of such an important conversation, recognizing a son of Texas who helped to elevate civil rights to the highest rank of our national priorities.
And I congratulate Mark Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library, on this truly impressive undertaking. The summit will be live-streamed at: http://www.civilrightssummit.org/updates/#live
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