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LBJ School 50 for 50

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 multi-year campaign. Bills signed into law by President Lyndon Johnson included the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act, Medicare, Head Start and the Food Stamp program among many others.

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. 

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. - Robert Hutchings, Dean of the LBJ School

LBJ School@The Civil Rights Summit: Empowering the Next 'Get it Done' Generation

The LBJ Presidential Library and the LBJ School hosted  a Civil Rights Summit on April 8-10 to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  The Summit featured a keynote address by President Barack Obama on April 10, and remarks by former President Jimmy Carter on April 8, former President Bill Clinton on April 9, and former President George W. Bush on April 10. The Civil Rights Summit was this year’s cornerstone event of a multiyear anniversary celebration of Johnson’s prodigious legislative legacy. The LBJ School participated in the Summit by hosting a panel on "Social Justice in the 21st Century," through faculty experts in the news, through social media and live-tweeting and student-led town hall meetings and watch parties.

Visit the LBJ School@The Civil Rights Summit webpage for more information.

Faculty 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.

Related News:

Martin Frost and Tom Davis on “The Partisan Divide” - Austin American Statesman, March 11, 2015

Violencia contra mujeres inmigrantes no termina al llegar a EE.UU. - Austin American Statesman, March 9, 2015

Michael Morton backing DNA access legislation - Austin American Statesman, Feb. 13, 2015

Activist Bond reflects on civil rights struggle and challenges ahead -Austin American Statesman, Feb. 4, 2015

Civil Rights Leader: Voting rights weakened, needs fixing - KVUE, Feb. 4, 2015

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

The Great Society at 50 - The Washington Post, May 17, 2014

Shriver, speakers offer ways to tackle social justice problems - Austin American Statesman, April 12, 2014

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

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

President Barack Obama to Deliver Keynote Address at LBJ Presidential Library Civil Rights Summit on UT Campus

Rescuing a Vietnam Casualty: Johnson’s Legacy - New York Times, Feb. 15, 2014

LBJ library, museum to honor Johnson with Civil Rights Summit - Austin American Statesman, Feb. 16, 2014

President Barack Obama to visit Austin in April for LBJ Civil Rights Summit - Austin American Statesman, Feb. 27, 2014

New details emerge about presidents' visit to Austin - KVUE, Feb. 27, 2014

Video Spotlight: Peniel Joseph speaks on Selma, Ferguson, Race and Politics in the Age of Obama

Dr. Peniel JosephPeniel Joseph, founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at Tufts University, historian and social activist kicked off the LBJ School's New Voices in Civil Rights series with his talk titled "From Selma to Ferguson: Race and Public Policy in the Age of Obama" for the 19th Annual student-led Barbara Jordan Forum.



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