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More than 7,500 students signed up for the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library and Presidential Museum within 24 hours after the student ticket lottery opened Wednesday.

President Barack Obama will deliver a keynote address on April 10 at the event, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. His address will be among two days of speeches from former presidents Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

The University will award a limited number of tickets through a lottery distribution system to current students who fill out a HornsLink profile. Lottery registration will close at 11:59 p.m. Monday. The general public will have access to free tickets on March 31.

“It’s really important for us to make sure students can be involved because this is such a historic event to have four presidents coming to speak,” said Sara LeStrange, communications manager for the Office of the Dean of Students.

According to LeStrange, it has not been determined how many tickets will be distributed to students.

The LBJ School also has its own lottery for students in the college. According to Kerri Battles, communications manager for the LBJ School, there have been 163 entries since the lottery opened on Wednesday. Currently, there are 319 students enrolled in the school. 

Students will be notified March 28 if they have received a ticket.

President Barack Obama will deliver a keynote address at the LBJ Library and Presidential Museum’s Civil Rights Summit in April celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Obama’s address will follow two days of speeches from former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Former president George W. Bush is also tentatively scheduled to speak.

The three-day summit, which will begin April 8, is one of many events related to civil rights that the University, LBJ Library, LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Foundation will host over the next several years.

“We are truly honored to host President Obama as the keynote speaker at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit in April,” said library director Mark Updegrove in a press release. “As our first African-American President, [Obama] is the fulfillment of the promise of the civil rights legislation delivered by President Johnson and a bipartisan Congress.”

Former first daughters Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson will also make presentations at the summit, alongside a list of speakers including President William Powers Jr., former UT president Larry Faulkner, former NBA center Bill Russell and former NFL running back Jim Brown. First lady Michelle Obama will accompany the president.

History professor Henry Brands said the Civil Rights Act had an incomparable impact in the civil rights movement.

“The reason for the celebration of the 1964 Civil Rights Act is that it did more than any other piece of legislation to secure equal rights to African-Americans,” Brands said. “It ended the Jim Crow system of segregation that had existed for decades, and it brought the South into line with the rest of the country. The modern South, including Texas, would not have come into being without it.”

In May 2013, Obama visited Austin on his Middle Class Jobs and Opportunity tour, as part of his campaign to promote manufacturing and innovative research. 

President Barack Obama talks about the importance of technology development to drive the U.S. economy at Applied Materials on his most recent trip to Austin in May.

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President Barack Obama will deliver a keynote address at the LBJ Library and Presidential Museum’s Civil Rights Summit in April, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Obama's address will follow two days of speeches from former presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton. Former president George W. Bush is also tentatively scheduled to speak. 

The three-day summit, which will begin April 8, is one of many events the University, LBJ Library, LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Foundation will be hosting over the next several years. 

“We are truly honored to host President Obama as the keynote speaker at the LBJ Presidential Library’s Civil Rights Summit in April,” Mark Updegrove, library director, said in a press release. “As our first African American President, [Obama] is the fulfillment of the promise of the Civil Rights legislation delivered by President Johnson and a bipartisan Congress.”

Former first daughters Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson will also make presentations at the summit, alongside a diverse list of speakers including President William Powers Jr., former UT president Larry Faulkner, and professional athletes including former NBA center Bill Russell and former NFL running back Jim Brown. First Lady Michelle Obama will accompany the president.

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Former U.S. presidents Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton will be among those on campus for a Civil Rights Summit in April to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the LBJ Library and Presidential Museum announced Monday.

The Summit, scheduled for April 8-10, is one of many celebrations of the civil rights movement the University, LBJ Library, LBJ School of Public Affairs and the LBJ Foundation will be hosting in the next several years.

The Summit will also feature presentations from a diversity of individuals ranging from athletes including former NBA center Bill Russell and former NFL running back Jim Brown to former first daugthers including Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Johnson Robb.

“Fifty years ago, President Johnson’s vision for a more just and honorable America contributed to the passing of the Civil Rights Act, the most transformational civil rights legislation since Reconstruction and a crucial step in the realization of America’s promise,” said Mark Updegrove, director of the LBJ Library, in the release.