LBJ Library http://kut.org en How Twitter and Time Have Helped Americans Reassess LBJ's Legacy http://kut.org/post/how-twitter-and-time-have-helped-americans-reassess-lbjs-legacy <p><em>This post has been updated to include portions of an interview with LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove.</em></p><p>President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act fifty years ago today.</p><p>"It's hard to realize that 50 years ago, people of color in many parts of this country, particularly in the Deep South, would not be accommodated at restaurants or at hotels or at motels, there were separate educational facilities and separate water fountains – we essentially lived in an apartheid state," LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove says.</p><p>Both the<a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/" target="_blank"> LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a> in Austin and the <a href="http://www.nps.gov/lyjo/index.htm" target="_blank">LBJ Ranch </a>in Stonewall are celebrating the anniversary of the signing.</p><p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 16:06:21 +0000 Laura Rice 10717 at http://kut.org How Twitter and Time Have Helped Americans Reassess LBJ's Legacy Watch President Obama's Address at the Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/watch-president-obamas-address-civil-rights-summit <object width="540" height="304"><param name="movie" value="//www.youtube.com/v/-dZAsEyQGYc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="//www.youtube.com/v/-dZAsEyQGYc?version=3&amp;hl=en_US" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="540" height="304" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object><p>President Barack Obama is speaking this afternoon at <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">the Civil Rights Summit</a>&nbsp;at the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/">LBJ Presidential Library and Museum</a> in Austin.</p><p>The summit, <a href="http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit">gathering four U.S Presidents</a> and dozens of other speakers, marks the 50th anniversary of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_Rights_Act_of_1964">President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Civil Rights Act</a>. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 16:30:27 +0000 Laura Rice 10190 at http://kut.org President Obama's Coming to Austin: How to Hear His Address & Avoid Traffic Troubles http://kut.org/post/president-obamas-coming-austin-how-hear-his-address-avoid-traffic-troubles <p>President Barack Obama will be in Austin today to give the <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/2014/president-obama-will-speak-thursday-april-10-2014" target="_blank">keynote address</a> at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library. The event is marking the <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/lbj/news/2014/lbj-school-marks-50th-anniversary-president-johnson-s-landma" target="_blank">50<sup>th</sup> Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act</a>.</p><p><strong>How to Hear Obama's Address:</strong></p><p>While it is not possible to get into the auditorium to see the President’s address unless you already have a ticket – there is an opportunity to see some of the other summit panels.</p><p>A standby line will begin forming at 1:30 p.m. on the east side of Sid Richardson Hall – next to the <a href="https://www.utexas.edu/lbj/contact/map" target="_blank">LBJ Library</a>. Open seats for the panels starting at 2, 3 and 4 o’clock will be filled with people from the standby line.</p><p>KUT 90.5 will air Obama’s address at the Civil Rights Summit live starting around 11:30 a.m. This is made possible with a partnership with the <a href="http://espn.go.com/longhornnetwork/" target="_blank">Longhorn Network</a>. UT will also stream the address online at KUT.org. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:07:49 +0000 Laura Rice & Larissa Liska 10187 at http://kut.org President Obama's Coming to Austin: How to Hear His Address & Avoid Traffic Troubles How Sports Played a Role in the Civil Rights Movement http://kut.org/post/how-sports-played-role-civil-rights-movement <p>The role sports has played in America's civil rights struggle, especially with black athletes, has been well documented.</p><p>For many the movement started with <a href="http://www.jackierobinson.com/">Jackie Robinson</a> crossing the color line in baseball. But two other athletes were in Austin Wednesday to share their perspectives at the LBJ Library's <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">Civil Rights Summit</a>.</p><p><a href="http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PLAYER_ID=33">Jim Brown</a> is often called the greatest running back in the history of pro football. But he was never the most popular player. He told the crowd in Austin he attributes that to his role in pushing for civil rights and equality for himself and other black athletes.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143942765&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:58:43 +0000 Ben Philpott 10186 at http://kut.org How Sports Played a Role in the Civil Rights Movement Four Presidents Will Be in Austin for the LBJ Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/four-presidents-will-be-austin-lbj-civil-rights-summit <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four U.S. Presidents headline a <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/">three-day summit</a> in Austin this week, kicking off a celebration of the </span>50th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> anniversary of the <a href="http://www.congresslink.org/print_basics_histmats_civilrights64text.htm">1964 Civil Rights Act</a>.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Life before the act can sometimes seem foreign to those of us who came after the landmark legislation was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. O</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">rganizers say that alone is a great reason to hold a summit.</span></p><p>"Of course it's appropriate to look back. I mean, I myself am a child of the segregated South. So I grew up in that world and I know in ways that our students really don't, what things were like before this legislation,"&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">LBJ</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;School of Public Affairs Dean Robert&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Hutchings says.</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/143592759&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 13:09:46 +0000 Ben Philpott 10145 at http://kut.org Four Presidents Will Be in Austin for the LBJ Civil Rights Summit Presidents to Gather in Austin this Spring for Civil Rights Summit http://kut.org/post/presidents-gather-austin-spring-civil-rights-summit <p>The history and the current state of the civil rights struggle will be examined at a <a href="http://civilrightssummit.org" target="_blank">three-day summit</a> in Austin this spring. The conference will focus on President Lyndon Johnson’s civil rights legacy.</p><p>The Civil Rights Summit will be held April 8-10 at the <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org" target="_blank">LBJ Presidential Library</a> – and will mark the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act by President Johnson.</p><p>Mark Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library, says two former presidents have <a href="http://www.civilrightssummit.org/speakers/" target="_blank">confirmed their attendance</a>: Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. President George W. Bush has not yet confirmed, and there is the possibility of President Barack Obama attending.<iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/135280702&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:20:37 +0000 David Martin Davies 9794 at http://kut.org Presidents to Gather in Austin this Spring for Civil Rights Summit How Access to Documents at Texas Presidential Libraries Is Changing http://kut.org/post/how-access-documents-texas-presidential-libraries-changing <p>Texas has more presidential libraries than any other state. And they’re going through changes with regard to accessing classified documents.</p><p>On the 10<sup>th</sup> floor of the <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org" target="_blank">Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library</a> in Austin, the sound of archivists pushing wooden book trucks on the bright red carpet is a familiar one.</p><p>"We have a reading room where researches come to do the research, and we bring up the boxes that they need," Senior Archivist Regina Greenwall says. She's the team leader of the library's foreign policy staff.&nbsp;"And they work on them in the reading room under supervision. The stacks are where we keep things not in use or that have not already gone through the process of being opened."<br /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/130063783&amp;color=ff6600&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p> Mon, 20 Jan 2014 11:39:29 +0000 Veronica Zaragovia 9585 at http://kut.org How Access to Documents at Texas Presidential Libraries Is Changing History Geeks Rejoice: George Washington’s Inauguration Bible Visits Austin On Tour http://kut.org/post/history-geeks-rejoice-george-washington-s-inauguration-bible-visits-austin-tour <p>A more than 200-year old piece of history is on display today at the <a href="http://www.lbjlibrary.org/exhibits/the-george-washington-inaugural-bible#!prettyPhoto/5/">LBJ Presidential Library</a>.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">George Washington’s presidential Bible, which was famously used in his inauguration on April 30, 1789, will be on display for one day only.</span></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 17:28:28 +0000 Emily Mathis 9330 at http://kut.org History Geeks Rejoice: George Washington’s Inauguration Bible Visits Austin On Tour