2015 LBJ Liberty & Justice For All Award
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington, D.C.
Master of Ceremonies - Gwen Ifill
Awards presented by the Honorable Orrin G. Hatch
and the Honorable John R. Lewis
On Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, the LBJ Foundation awarded the LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award to Congressman James E. Clyburn and former Attorney General Eric Holder for their work in expanding the opportunities for all of our nation’s citizens and carrying forward the legacy of President Lyndon B. Johnson.
The LBJ Liberty & Justice For All Award honors the vision of Lyndon Baines Johnson's presidency and the transformative laws that gave it life: a belief that every citizen should share in the benefits and blessings of the privileges and protections that lie at the heart of the American dream. President Johnson envisioned and devoted his life to creating a nation of justice and liberty, where everyone had the opportunity to rise, and those in need would not fail. His legislative achievements shaped the next half century of our national history, and his legacy endures to benefit future generations of Americans – the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Fair Housing Act of 1968, Head Start, Medicare, Medicaid, Job Corps, the Clean Air Act, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Humanities, and many more. President Johnson saw his mission as "at once the oldest and most basic in this country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man."
The 2015 award dinner net proceeds benefited the new LBJ School of Public Affairs Washington Center.
First Lady Michelle Obama's Remarks
Congressman James E. Clyburn
Congressman James Clyburn came to Congress in 1993 and during his eleven-term tenure has quickly risen through the ranks of leadership to be the third-ranking Democrat in the House. As a national leader, he has worked to respond to the needs of America's diverse communities through his work on civil rights and the Voter Empowerment Act. As chair of the House Democrats' Democratic Outreach and Engagement Task Force, he has sought to drive new efforts to increase voter participation in the political process 50 years after the enactment of the Voting Rights Act.
James Clyburn has a tireless passion for justice and the bridging of racial and ethnic divides. His commitment to civil rights is longstanding having worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as the leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and helped organize many civil rights marches and demonstrations as a student leader at South Carolina State College. President Barack Obama has said of Congressman Clyburn that he is "one of a handful of people, who when they speak, the entire Congress listens." His legacy as a supporter and protector of civil rights and the Great Society ensures his place as a most worthy recipient of the LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award.
Eric Holder, Former Attorney General of the United States
Eric Holder's 33-year career serving in the U.S. Justice Department has defined him as a distinguished Attorney General and a great protector of American's civil liberties. Throughout his long and eminent career, Eric Holder has defended some of the most important legislation including voting rights and immigration law and developed the "Smart on Crime Initiative" that largely impacts low-income, minority communities. He has worked alongside four presidents including Reagan, Clinton, and Bush and President Obama.
Appointed to office in 2009, Eric Holder became the first African American Attorney General. President Obama has said, "Through it all he's shown a deep and abiding fidelity to one of our cherished ideals as a people and that is equal justice under the law." Eric Holder's legacy will be felt for years because of his deep commitment to leading civil rights and equal opportunity for all. His civil service career is a testament to the leadership of our country and synonymous with the spirit of the LBJ Liberty and Justice for All Award.
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