An Evening With Tom Johnson, Kyle Longley, Bill Moyers, and Lynda Johnson Robb

Jun 14, 2018

1968: Tempest, Tumult and Transformation

Thursday, June 14, 2018
LBJ Auditorium
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On Thursday, June 14, 2018, our Friends of the LBJ Library program focused on 1968, one of the most tumultuous years in American history. In a conversation moderated by Mark K. Updegrove, president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation, our panelists included: LBJ White House aide Tom Johnson; professor and author Kyle Longley; LBJ's press secretary Bill Moyers; and, Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson's daughter, Lynda Johnson Robb.

Kyle Longley signs a copy of his book, LBJ's 1968, for Friends member Patrice Schexnayder.

Before the program, The Store at LBJ hosted Kyle Longley for a signing of his most recent book, LBJ's 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America's Year of Upheaval.


Tom Johnson served as chief executive officer of two of America's leading news organizations, CNN and The Los Angeles Times. In 1965, Johnson was chosen as a White House Fellow and assigned to press secretary Bill Moyers. The White House Fellowship led to a series of positions on the staff of President Johnson, including deputy to press secretary George Christian, special assistant to the president, and executive assistant to the former president. Johnson was a close aide to the president throughout 1968.

Kyle Longley is the Snell Family Dean's Distinguished Professor of History and Political Science at Arizona State University. He is the author of numerous books, including LBJ's 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America's Year of Upheaval, released earlier this year.

Bill Moyers is an American journalist and served as the White House Press Secretary in the Johnson administration from 1965-1967.

Lynda Johnson Robb has served many nonprofit organizations, focusing on the condition of children and women. Robb became a founding member of Reading Is Fundamental Washington, D.C., in 1968 and served as chair of its board from 1996 to 2001. She is president of the National Home Library Foundation and a member of the advisory board of the Library of Congress Literacy Awards. In 1968, Robb was living in the White House with her parents as her husband, Chuck Robb, served with his fellow Marines in Vietnam.

The Evening With speaker series is generously sponsored by St. David's HealthCare, the Ford Foundation, the Moody Foundation, and Tito's Handmade Vodka.

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