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
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.
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.
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
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
Spotlight: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro Quotes LBJ "We Shall Overcome" Speech in Commencement Address to 2014 Graduates
In a day of celebration, the newest graduating class of the LBJ School enjoyed inspirational remarks by San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro. Castro quoted from President Lyndon Johnson’s 1965 “We Shall Overcome” speech where LBJ implored Congress to heal the nation’s racial divide.
“Through his Great Society agenda, LBJ opened up the promise of America to all Americans,” said Castro. “You are part of LBJ’s legacy and in this 21st Century – in this time of rapid change – America needs your talent. I have no doubt that in years to come you will stand in many great places. And you will have a chance to do enormous things for people who need you.”