Thousands register for Civil Rights Summit ticket lottery

Nicole Cobler

More than 7,500 students signed up for the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library and Presidential Museum within 24 hours after the student ticket lottery opened Wednesday.

President Barack Obama will deliver a keynote address on April 10 at the event, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His address will be among two days of speeches from former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

The University will award a limited number of tickets through a lottery distribution system to current students who fill out a HornsLink profile. Lottery registration will close at 11:59 p.m. Monday. The general public will have access to free tickets on March 31.

“It’s really important for us to make sure students can be involved because this is such a historic event to have four presidents coming to speak,” said Sara LeStrange, communications manager for the Office of the Dean of Students.

According to LeStrange, it has not been determined how many tickets will be distributed to students.

The LBJ School also has its own lottery for students in the college. According to Kerri Battles, communications manager for the LBJ School, there have been 163 entries since the lottery opened on Wednesday. Currently, there are 319 students enrolled in the school. 

Students will be notified March 28 if they have received a ticket.