President Barack Obama to deliver keynote address at on-campus Civil Rights Summit


Marisa Vasquez

President Barack Obama talks about the importance of technology development to drive the U.S. economy at Applied Materials on his most recent trip to Austin in May.

Madlin Mekelburg

President Barack Obama will deliver a keynote address at the LBJ Library and Presidential Museum’s Civil Rights Summit in April, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Obama's address will follow two days of speeches from former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Former president George W. Bush is also tentatively scheduled to speak. 

The three-day summit, which will begin April 8, is one of many events the University, LBJ Library, LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Foundation will be hosting over the next several years. 

“We are truly honored to host President Obama as the keynote speaker at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit in April,” Mark Updegrove, library director, said in a press release. “As our first African American President, [Obama] is the fulfillment of the promise of the Civil Rights legislation delivered by President Johnson and a bipartisan Congress.”

Former first daughters Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson will also make presentations at the summit, alongside a diverse list of speakers including President William Powers Jr., former UT president Larry Faulkner, and professional athletes including former NBA center Bill Russell and former NFL running back Jim Brown. First Lady Michelle Obama will accompany the president.