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Conversion Therapy and Texas “Pride”: A Conversation with Garrard Conley

Author Garrard Conley kicked off 2018’s Barbara Jordan Week at the LBJ School by coming to speak at its inaugural event. Conley’s new book, Boy Erased, is an autobiographical account of his experience with gay conversion therapy and his complicated relationship with his parents. Conley discussed the psychological manipulation the conversion “counselors” used, the agony […]

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Barbara Jordan’s Enduring Legacy

Photo: Penn State University It’s been a few months since the 20th Barbara Jordan National Forum, but I have found myself thinking about her every week since then. The LBJ School is littered with images of and references to Jordan. There are photos of her on the walls, a tree planted in her honor outside, […]

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LBJ’s Pride Policy Alliance Hosts Domestic Violence Prevention Workshop

Photo: Orin Zebest AUSTIN, Texas – On Monday, February 20th, as part of the 20th Annual Barbara Jordan National Forum (BJNF), the LBJ School of Public Affair’s Pride Policy Alliance hosted a training workshop on identifying and interrupting domestic violence in conjunction with SAFE Austin,  with an emphasis on intimate partner violence and sexual assault […]

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45 Arrests and Counting: a John Lewis Documentary at the 20th Barbara Jordan National Forum

Photo: Get In The Way Movie “Tell the story. Tell it over and over again.” So exhorts the titular figure at the beginning of “Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis,” a new documentary about John Lewis and his participation in the Civil Rights Movement. Filmmaker Kathleen Dowdey’s moving portrayal of this piece […]

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Black Lives Matter In Austin Too: Progressivism and its Shortcomings in the Texas Capital

On Monday, February 8, 2016, 17 year old David Joseph was shot and killed by a police officer in Northeast Austin.  Police say the unarmed teen was naked and acted in an aggressive manner when he charged at Officer Geoffrey Freeman. Austin previously encountered police violence against communities of color in the 2013 shooting death […]

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Barbara Jordan: Trying to Be Big

Barbara Jordan lived a life that was both inspiring and instructive. As a community we have much to gain from reflecting on her character and contributions to our public history. In word and action, she advocated for acceptance, compromise and the inclusion of all citizens in the democratic process — principles that are more relevant than ever […]

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Barbara Jordan Week 2014: Inclusion and Compromise in Democracy

The 2014 Barbara Jordan Week commences this Monday. Join the LBJ School for a series of exciting events celebrating the legacy of Barbara Jordan. Please note that all events are free and open to the public.   Tuesday, February 18 Raising the Minimum Wage: An Effective Anti-Poverty Policy? Presented by PAACC and the Barbara Jordan […]

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A Work Marked By Equality

A firm believer of the spirit of democracy found within the contours of the U.S. Constitution, Barbara Jordan aroused the conscience of a nation.  The Lyndon B. Johnson School Professor of Ethics and Political Values most known for her deep, jagged voice was born in the heat of Jim Crow.  Despite these prejudicial laws, Jordan […]

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The Legacy of Barbara Jordan and the Promise of Civil Rights: Obtaining Equality of Outcomes

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. In that same year, Barbara Jordan lost her second election for the Texas House of Representatives. Two years later, court-enforced redistricting mandated in the Act paved the way for her to become the first African American to serve in the Texas Senate and […]

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2013 Barbara Jordan National Forum Schedule of Events

“See The Change: Pressing Towards Equality of Outcomes” “We are a people in search of a national community, attempting to fulfill our national purpose, to create and sustain a society in which all of us are equal…. We cannot improve on the system of government, handed down to us by the founders of the Republic, […]