Lyndon B. Johnson Legacy Celebration: Civil Rights Summit

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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.

Johnson is credited as one of the most effective politicians in the history of our country because he knew how to get things done and used the office to wrangle the votes needed to change America. It is said he knew the changes would make him and his party unpopular but he was determined to lead the charge for political change to achieve economic and social justice for all Americans.

Below find various links to the 50th anniversary celebration, Civil Rights Summit.

Comments

  1. Beverly Fraud says:

    I would say at this point Andy Young has lost a significant amount of credibility with his continued insistence that Beverly Hall be allowed to escape accountability to the literally tens of thousands of victims she hurt.
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    Just because God may have imminent plans for Beverly Hall does not, in any way, shape or form, mean the criminal justice system should shelve their own.

    Justice and ethics demands every effort be made; the children of APS deserve no less.

  2. Burroughston Broch says:

    “While Johnson is credited with championing the most sweeping Civil Rights legislation of the 20th century, he’s rarely mentioned among the greatest presidents.”

    That’s because he wasn’t one of our greatest presidents.The War on Poverty and most of the Great Society have been failures. The Voting Rights Act has been transformed into a political weapon. He escalated the Vietnam War. He failed to respond adequately to the 1965 summer riots. He almost started a naval war with the Soviet Union in the Mediterranean Sea during the Six Days War.

    Other than that, how was the play, Mrs. Lincoln?