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LBJ School Student Group PAACC Presents "Who Then Will Speak for the Common Good,"as Part of the Barbara Jordan Statue Dedication Activities

Event will feature Max Sherman, former LBJ School dean, and two high school Barbara Jordan essay contest winners

AUSTIN, Texas-- April 15, 2009-- The LBJ School of Public Affairs' Public Affairs Alliance for Communities of Color (PAACC) will host "Who Then Will Speak for the Common Good," on April 21 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Texas Union Quadrangle Room as part of a week of dedication activities leading up to the unveiling of a Barbara Jordan statue on the University of Texas at Austin campus on April 24.

The event's title, "Who Then Will Speak for the Common Good?" is taken from Jordan's 1976 Democratic Keynote Address and is the subject of the 2009 Barbara Jordan High School Essay Competition, a local compeition for students enrolled in the Austin Independent School District or the Del Valle Independent School District. The event will focus on the power of Barbara Jordan's words and will showcase Jordan's influence on past, present and future leaders.

The event will feature Max Sherman, former LBJ School dean and a close friend of the late Jordan, who will share his remarks on Jordan's contributions to public policy, U.T. Women's Track and Field Coach Beverly Kearney, and Texas State Senator Rodney Ellis. Two essay competition finalists, Rebekah Burns, Senior from McCallum High School, and Elizabeth Williams, Senior from Stephen F. Austin High School, will also be honored during an awards ceremony and will be invited to read their essay on their interpretation of Jordan's meaning of the common good.

The event will conclude with a small reception and an opportunity to mingle with students and faculty. This event is free and open to the entire University of Texas at Austin community.

 PAACC's mission is to promote awareness and understanding of policy issues affecting communities of color by initiating dialogue, activities, and programs within the LBJ School community. Through these efforts, PAACC strives to contribute to the education of future policymakers.