Starting today the four-day celebration begins at the University of Texas-Austin. The highlight of the week’s events include speeches by President Obama and three of his predecessors – Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Other participants include John Lewis, Andy Young, Julian Bond, Maria Shriver, Billie Jean King and Bernice King. Atlanta will be well represented on the panels, at the dinners and on news shows.
While Johnson is credited with championing the most sweeping Civil Rights legislation of the 20th century, he’s rarely mentioned among the greatest presidents. One of my LBJ School colleagues remembers a 1990′s University of Texas history class on United States Presidents that omitted Johnson. Johnson’s War on Poverty legislation included the creation of HUD, the Fair Housing Act, Legal Services, Medicare, Jobs Corps, and Community Action Agencies. These are paired with the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the 1965 Immigration Reform Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. His 1964 State of the Union address to the Congress laid out his aggressive agenda.
Below find various links to the 50th anniversary celebration, Civil Rights Summit.