Recap LBJ Presidential Library Summit on Race in America

Event Producers have the luxury of working with many different clients. That’s what makes our jobs so exciting and ever-changing. Every so often an event comes along that you know is going to be meaningful and impact many lives. Such was the LBJ Presidential Library’s Summit on Race in America.

From April 8-10, 2019, we were honored to collaborate with the LBJ Foundation on this Summit. We gathered over 50 speakers to explore the racial divide and inequality we continue to face in our country. Over three days, the LBJ Presidential Library Summit on Race in America included conversations from many participants that included Andrew Young, former UN Ambassador and civil rights legend; Vernon Jordan, Civil Rights Activist and Senior Managing Director of Lazard Frères & Co.; Dolores Huerta, founder and president, Dolores Huerta Foundation and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom; Valerie Jarrett, the longest-serving advisor to President Obama and author of Finding My Voice; Madeleine Albright, former secretary of state; comedians Dulcé Sloan and George Lopez; and musicians, Wyclef Jean, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Claudette Robinson of the Miracles and Duke Fikir of The Four Tops.

These talented and powerful dignitaries discussed many issues such as immigration, race in media, voting rights, social justice and Motown’s beginning.

This was the third time Autumn Rich partnered with the LBJ Foundation, with prior events including the Vietnam War Summit in 2016 and the Civil Rights Summit in 2014.

Our full production included stage set design, furniture, travel logistics and hospitality for over 50 speakers and guests, sound, lights and minute-to-minute run of show, private dinners and food and beverage. In addition to the speaker series, there were nightly dinners and a Motown Reception that preceded the opening of the GRAMMY Museum’s exhibit “Motown: The Sound of Young America,” a 60-year retrospective that is on display through January 2020.

In conclusion of the event we truly learned how far we have come, but how much further we still need to push for equality in our nation. We hope this discussion will continue into the future and inspire each of us to do more and more each and every day.

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To read more on the Summit on Race in America, click the links below.

LBJ Library

Texas Monthly

Austin Chronicle


Texas LBJ School


About The Author

Haley Elander

Haley earned her Bachelor of Science (B.S.) majoring in Radio, Television, Film from The University of Texas at Austin. She focused on editing and screenplay while interning at Broken Lizard Industries and The Ellen Degeneres Show.

After college she gained experience as a Project Manager, Marketing Director, and Day to Day Manager in the music industry, working with international touring bands at Triple 8 Management. Before joining Panacea she excelled in event production at Roadhouse Live, Luck Reunion, and Texas Monthly. When she isn’t making events come to life, she is a Trip Leader hosting international group travel at Legit Trips, or catching her favorite bands at Stubb’s.