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March 31st, 2009
Johnson daughters to give LBJ lecture


The daughters of former U.S. President and Texas State alum Lyndon Baines Johnson will give his namesake lecture on April 14 in Evans Auditorium at 5:30 p.m.

Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson’s lecture will be the final event in Texas State’s year-long centennial celebration for the late president’s birth. Texas State chose the theme, “Civic Responsibility and the Legacy of LBJ” for its 2008-2009 Common Experience theme.

Johnson was a 1930 graduate of what was then Southwest Texas State Teacher’s College.

Former LBJ speechwriter and founding director of the LBJ Library and Museum, Harry Middleton, will be moderate the event, along with Texas State President Emeritus Robert Hardesty.

Texas State joined the LBJ Presidential Library, LBJ State Park and national parks in celebration of the Johnson centennial.

The LBJ Distinguished Lecture started in 1982 as the fulfillment of a promise Johnson made to start a lecture series at his alma mater that would bring in some of the finest minds in the country. He made this promise on a campus visit in 1973, and died a few days later.

Past lecturers include Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, President Gerald Ford, James Farmer, White House Correspondent Helen Thomas, journalist Jim Lehrer, former LBJ aide Jack Valenti, poet Maya Angelou, former White House Press Secretary Liz Carpenter, Parker J. Palmer, and civil rights advocate and lawyer Morris Dees.

Admission to the public lecture is free, and the event will be preceded by an admissions fair designed for San Marcos High School, Austin Community College and San Antonio community college students. The fair will take place from 3:30-5 p.m.

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