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  • Watch the Civil Rights Summit Live

    Published: March 31

    There are no remaining tickets available to attend the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit April 8-10, but you can still watch the speeches and panels, thanks to extensive livestreaming coverage.

    The Summit will mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which was spearheaded and signed into law by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. President Barack Obama will deliver the keynote address at the Summit on Thursday, April 10. Three former Presidents will also deliver remarks at the Civil Rights Summit: Jimmy Carter will speak on Tuesday, April 8; Bill Clinton will speak on Wednesday, April 9; and George W. Bush will speak on Thursday, April 10. (See the complete panel and speaker lineup.)

    To allow everyone to enjoy the Summit, the LBJ Presidential Library — in collaboration with Google and Longhorn Network — will live stream each of the Summit programs on

    President Bill Powers is sponsoring a screening of the April 10 remarks by U.S. President Barack Obama and former president George W. Bush on the UT Main Mall. A large screen will be set up on the south steps of the Tower (Main Building) and students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to watch a live stream of these historic addresses.

    Live television coverage* of the entire summit will be available on Longhorn Network (LHN). LHN is available on Time Warner Cable (Texas), AT&T U-verse TV, Charter Communications (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, Virginia), Cox Communications (Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma), Grande Communications, Google Fiber (Kansas City), Verizon FiOS, Consolidated Communications, En-Touch Systems, E-Tex Communications, Bay City Cablevision, Mid-Coast Cablevision, Valley Telephone Cooperative and Texas Mid-Gulf Cablevision. LHN is also available to authenticated subscribers of the network via and the Longhorn Network iOS app.

    On The University of Texas at Austin campus, the Summit will be broadcast on Channel 11, with open captions on Channel 07. The Longhorn Network is also available on campus CATV digital channels 444 (SD) and 1593 (HD) and, in the Residence Halls, CATV system channel 29.

    *The summit will be broadcast live, with the exception of the Conversation with The Honorable Jimmy Carter, which will be presented on Tuesday, April 8 at 11 p.m. CT, with an encore presentation Wednesday, April 9 at 4:30 p.m. CT.

    President Lyndon Johnson with Martin Luther King

    LBJ at the signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965 – Serial Number: A1030-17a Date: 08/06/1965 Credit: LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto.

    More Commemorative Civil Rights Activities at UT

    Civil Rights Summit Film Screening
    April 7, 12 noon
    Bass Lecture Hall, LBJ School of Public Affairs

    In advance of the Summit, Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, chairman of The University of Texas Radio Television Film department and LBJ School of Public Affairs professor Paul Stekler will host a screening of documentaries and speeches that chronicle the civil rights era and the pivotal role played by President Lyndon Johnson in the passing of landmark legislation.

    Lincoln stovepipe hat

    Photograph of President Abraham Lincoln’s “stovepipe” hat – courtesy of Hildene-the Lincoln Family Home.

    “Cornerstones of Civil Rights” Exhibit
    April 1-30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Great Hall, LBJ Presidential Library

    During the Summit and throughout the month of April, a “Cornerstones of Civil Rights“ exhibit will be on display at the LBJ Library linking the civil rights legacies of Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. On display will be the 13th Amendment Resolution ending slavery and signed by President Lincoln, original documents of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965, and iconic hats worn by LBJ and Lincoln.

    50 for 50: Empowering the Next ‘Get it Done’ Generation
    The LBJ School of Public Affairs, in partnership with the LBJ Foundation and the LBJ Presidential Library, will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the unprecedented legislative legacy of the 36th President of the United States in a multiyear campaign.

    Over the next two years, the school will present “50 for 50,” a special series of 50 events for 50 years that will explore the critical civil rights issues of our time, such as human rights and social justice, and will call for a renewed effort to “get things done” to improve the lives of all citizens. View an interactive calendar with more information on upcoming events.

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      paper writing by writing kingdom said on April 26 at 12:30 p.m.
      The Civil Rights Summit was this year’s cornerstone event of a multiyear anniversary celebration of President Johnson’s prodigious legislative legacy.
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      Teddy Cisek said on April 7 at 5:59 p.m.
      Has anyone seen Judy Davis of the Attorney General's Office of the State of Texas? We were talking of a $10 million settlement offer in 2004 and not since.
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      Dale Tilson said on April 7 at 8:29 a.m.
      Margaret, you might want to check out "Social Justice in the 21st Century: Empowering Minds, Changing Hearts, and Inspiring Service", Thursday at 2:05. One of the speakers is Lex Frieden, "best known as one of the architects of the American with Disabilities Act of 1990".
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      Margaret Nosek said on April 3 at 1:05 p.m.
      Why have the civil rights of people with disabilities been totally omitted from this celebration? The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which we fought so hard to pass, was modeled directly after the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Is this not worthy of your recognition? Are we, the people with disabilities, expected to remain in the shadows and the margins of the American dream of liberty and justice for all? Please take all possible measures to rectify this omission before April 8. Margaret (Peg) Nosek, Ph.D., 1984
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      Katherine Graham said on April 2 at 3:06 p.m.
      How can I get tickets to see the Civil Rights Summit Film Screening?
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