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Surprising Allies: The President and the Young African-American Congresswoman
April 20, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm$10
INSTRUCTOR: Robert Porter
Explore the backgrounds of and the encounters between two politicians from the South: President Lyndon B. Johnson and Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, the latter a hero of the Watergate years. What did these two political figures have in common? Why did they regard each other so highly? To what extent did Barbara Jordan carry on Johnson’s legacy? What makes both of these figures both fascinating and important? In what ways do some consider them heroic and flawed? How do Jordan and Johnson speak to our time? Join us for a lively and engaging discussion as we address these compelling issues.
Robert Porter has taught for more than a quarter of a century, as an instructor for UNC’s Department of African, African American, and Diaspora Studies. He is the recipient of over a dozen teaching awards. He remains passionate about his interests in history, public history, and African-American history, all of which go back to his grade school days