LBJ speaks from the portico of Memorial Auditorium.
On May 7, 1964 President Lyndon Johnson spoke from the portico of Ohio University’s Memorial Auditorium as part of his War On Poverty campaign. It resulted in historic legislation that contributed to his vision of a Great Society. Among his initiatives were Community Action Programs, Head Start, Public Radio, Upward Bound, Food Stamps, Medicaid, Medicare, the Appalachian Regional Commission, Title I, the National Endowment for the Arts and many other legendary programs. Be a part of reflecting upon and visioning about these and other initiatives that have impacted the culture & environment of Appalachian Ohio at a two day gathering in the region on April 3 & 4, 2014. All events are free & open to the public! Registration is required, preferably in advance!
A collaboration of partners at Ohio University have organized this event in partnership with non-profit Sunday Creek Associates’ Little Cities of Black Diamonds Council. The LCBD Council is an organization dedicated to sharing the rich history and recovering natural environment of the Hocking Valley Coal Region of southeastern Ohio.
The event schedule is as follows:
Thursday, April 3
•Regional Bus Tour through Athens, Hocking and Perry Counties (9am-5pm) Limited Seating/Register Early!
•Evening Symposium @ Ohio University’s Baker Center-Welcoming Remarks, LBJ Speech Video, Music (6-8pm)
Friday Morning, April 4
A large crowd packed the College Green for LBJ’s visit.
•Keynote Speaker Ron Eller @ 114a/b McCracken Hall (9:30am)
•8 Thematic Tracks with 4 sessions each @ McCracken Hall (10:30am-4:00pm)
•Closing Session @ 114a/b McCracken Hall (4-4:30pm)
The final session of each thematic workshop on Friday afternoon will involve input from the audience into their vision for a better future in the region, including recommended strategies. Click here to learn more about thematic tracks and individual sessions in each theme.
On-line registration is now open! Click here to register!
*FRIDAY’S THEMATIC WORKSHOP THEMES (4-50 minute sessions in each theme)
ANTI-POVERTY PROGRAMS • ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT • HEALTH & WELLNESS • PUBLIC EDUCATION • HIGHER EDUCATION • ENVIRONMENT • HERITAGE & CULTURAL ARTS • INNOVATION