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Lyndon B. Johnson Aides, Leading Historians and Politicians Celebrate LBJ Legacy at Centennial Events

The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, as part of the year-long centennial celebration commemorating President Johnson's 100th birthday (August 27, 1908), is hosting a series of events in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the remarkable life and legacy of Lyndon Baines Johnson. On May 19-21, 2008 friends, family, former LBJ staffers and colleagues, along with the U.S. Congress, will pay tribute to the native Texan who served as our nationís President and Vice President, Majority Leader of the United States Senate and U.S. Congressman. Many of Johnsonís closest advisors will be in attendance to share first-hand accounts from their interactions with President Johnson.

A panel of distinguished historians and journalists will gather for inquiry and discussion in an appraisal of LBJ. His landmark legislation on issues of profound historical significance such as civil rights, health care, Medicare, education, and poverty will be examined and discussed, as will the more challenging times of his presidency including the decisions made during the Vietnam War.

LBJ wanted all the materials related to his presidency to be open for the public. As LBJ said at the dedication of the LBJ Library and School of Public Affairs in 1971, "It is all here: the story of our time - with the bark off."


The Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation is hosting a series of events in conjunction with the centennial celebration commemorating the 100th birthday of our nationís 36th President of the United States. The Washington, D. C., centennial events, celebrating the life and legacy of LBJ, will be held May 19-21, 2008, and will include:

Media Registration:

Media interested in attending the events can register by contacting Scott Carman, carmans@fleishman.com or 202-828-9712. Please indicate the events you are interested in attending. Access to events is for invited guests and pre registered members of the media.

Following is a more detailed listing of the events, times and locations for the centennial celebration. Access to events is for invited guests and pre registered members of the media.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Centennial Celebration Events:

Monday, May 19, 2008
Launch of Centennial Events

KEYNOTE LUNCHEON
Monday, May l9
12:30 pm
Keynote Speaker
Joseph A. Califano, Jr. -- President Johnson's top White House Domestic Aid, former Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare, and President of The National Center on Addiction and substance Abuse at Columbia University: Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
The Kaiser Family Foundation
Barbara Jordan Conference Center
1330 G Street, NW
Washington, DC
Business Attire

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

"LOOKING BACK AND LOOKING FORWARD"
Day of Inquiry and Discussion
The National Archives
William G. McGowan Theater
700 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

9 a.m. - LBJ Appraised: A Panel of Distinguished Historians and Journalists including:
Douglas Brinkley, award-winning author and historian
Robert Dallek, award-winning historian and LBJ biographer
Nick Kotz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Angela Glover Blackwell, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, PolicyLink
Moderator: Harry Middleton, Director Emeritus, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
9:00 am

2 p.m. - LBJ Remembered: A Panel of Senior LBJ Associates Including:
Joseph A. Califano, Jr., Johnson’s former special assistant for domestic affairs
James R. Jones, appointments Secretary to President Johnson in 1968
Harry McPherson, special counsel to President Johnson from 1966 to 1969
Bill Moyers, a special assistant to Johnson, serving from 1963–1967.
Moderator, Michael Beschloss, author and official NBC Network Presidential Historian
Business Attire.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Lyndon B. Johnson Day in Congress
The United States Capitol
Washington, DC

Lyndon B. Johnson Day in Congress
Honorary Hosts
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid
Republican Leader Mitch McConnell
House Republican Leader John Boehner

Lyndon B Johnson Leadership Breakfast
9:00 am
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Room

Joint Congressional Proclamation
11:00 am
Gallery, Senate Floor

Luncheon & Program
12:30 pm
Statuary Hall
Business Attire