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Civil Rights@50: Empowering the Next 'Get it Done' Generation

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

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act, the LBJ School is  reflecting on the seminal nature of the civil rights legislation passed by President Johnson while examining civil rights issues in America and around the world today. Through events like the Civil Rights Summit and faculty experts in the news, the LBJ School is advancing the public dialogue surrounding modern day Civil Rights issues.

Faculty Experts: Civil Rights And Beyond

LBJ School and University of Texas at Austin faculty were on hand to share their expertise on a myriad of issues pertaining to civil rights. From historical perspectives to education, income inequality, and healthcare, faculty experts enriched the dialogue generated by the Civil Rights Summit. For a list of available experts, go to the experts guide on the Civil Rights Summit website, at

Fifty years ago Civil Rights Act reshaped U.S. - Leader-Post, July 2, 2014

Can Rand Paul break past controversy over Civil Rights Act comments? - CNN, July 3, 2014

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

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

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

How the Civil Rights Act pioneered anti-discrimination laws in America - PBS Newshour, April 10, 2014

Civil Rights and Immigration Reform: Do They Belong Together? - NBC News, April 8, 2014

Pres. Carter: US is 'dormant' on fight for racial equality - The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, MSNBC, April 9, 2014

Looking back at LBJ's progressive policies - The Daily Rundown with Chuck Todd, MSNBC, April 10, 2014


Civil Rights Summit LogoLBJ School@The Civil Rights Summit

On April 8-10, 2014, the LBJ Presidential Library hosted a Civil Rights Summit, comprised of afternoon panel discussions followed by evening keynote addresses. The Civil Rights Summit is this year’s cornerstone event of a multiyear anniversary celebration of President Johnson’s prodigious legislative legacy. Throughout the course of the next several years, the LBJ Presidential Library, the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and the LBJ Foundation will partner to commemorate the anniversaries of seminal laws signed by President Johnson that continue to resonate today.

For a playlist of videos from the Summit, visit the LBJ School's Youtube Channel.

Civil Rights Summit Panel: Social Justice in the 21st Century: Empowering Minds, Changing Hearts, and Inspiring Service

LBJ School Dean Robert Hutchings introduced the April 10, afternoon panel "Social Justice in the 21st Century: Empowering Minds, Changing Hearts, and Inspiring Service." Moderated by Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor Shirley Franklin, former Mayor of Atlanta, this panel featured leaders in social justice issues of today discuss their initiatives to direct 21st century social change. Panelists include:Lex Frieden, Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Texas Health Science Center; David Robinson, Hall of Fame center for the NBA San Antonio Spurs and honored philanthropist;Maria Shriver, Humanitarian, journalist and former First Lady of California; and Steve Stoute, Founder and CEO of Translation.


Civil Rights: Explore LBJ's Policy Legacy Through 40 Years of LBJ School 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.

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