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April 20th, 2009
Academic, former state senator to lecture on civil liberties


A longtime friend and colleague of the late U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan will speak on civil liberties 6:45 p.m. May 4 to a joint meeting of Democracy for Texas’ Hays County chapter and Texas State University Democrats at the San Marcos Public Library.

Max Sherman, dean emeritus of the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs, will deliver remarks to include audio-visual excepts from his book Barbara Jordan: Speaking the Truth with Eloquent Thunder.

Sherman and Jordan served together in the state senate and later in academia following Jordan’s congressional career as the first black woman from a southern state to serve in Congress. In a July 16, 2006, piece in the Houston Chronicle, Sherman recalled Jordan’s warning to the 1974 graduating class of Howard University: that Americans could “stand on the edge of repression and tyranny and never know it.

Sherman wrote, “Today’s erosion of civil liberties is even more ominous than the abuses of the Watergate era. Powerful new technological tools enable federal agencies to track millions of domestic telephone calls, written communications, medical and financial records. … Her eloquent warning reminds us that the preservation of fundamental liberties requires the committment of knowledgeable citizens, the respect of government and the vigilance of patriots.”

A question-and-answer period will follow Sherman’s remarks. His books will be on sell for $20 and he will be available to sign them.


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