We Are Family Foundation® To Honor Dolly Parton And Jean Paul Gaultier At 2019 Celebration

We Are Family Foundation® (WAFF) will honor legendary artist Dolly Parton and iconic fashion designer Jean Paul Gaultier at its 2019 Celebration on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.

(PRNewsfoto/We Are Family Foundation)

WAFF, a not-for-profit organization founded by legendary multiple GRAMMY® Award winning musician Nile Rodgers, is dedicated to the vision of a global family. WAFF creates and supports programs that promote cultural diversity while nurturing the vision, talents and ideas of young people who are positively changing the world.

Nile Rodgers (Photo: Jill Furmanovsky)

We’ve wanted to recognize and honor the extraordinary accomplishments of Dolly Parton for many years. Her exemplary work as an artist, businesswoman and philanthropist is an example for us all. She symbolizes everything that is great about music and America. Jean Paul Gaultier is someone who I’m happy to call a friend. His incomparable work as an iconic fashion designer and forward thinker has changed our culture in a way the world has greatly benefitted from. We are enormously grateful to our honorees for their exceptional work to improve humanity and we warmly welcome them into our WAFF family“, said Rodgers.

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton, legendary singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman and humanitarian will receive the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award. Over the years, Parton has supported many charitable efforts, particularly in the area of literacy, primarily through the Dollywood Foundation. Her literacy program, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a part of the Dollywood Foundation, mails one book per month to each enrolled child from the time of their birth until they enter kindergarten. In August 2019, the Imagination Library gave away over 1.4M books, and has given away a total of over 125M books to date. In 2018, Parton was honored by the Library of Congress on account of the “charity sending out its 100 millionth book”.

With a record for any female artist of 26 songs reaching No. 1 on the Billboard country charts; 42 career top-10 country albums, a record for any artist; and 110 career-charted singles over the past 40 years, Parton remains one of the most-honored female country performers of all time.

To say that I am honored would be quite an understatement. I am so humbled to be included in with such an amazing group of people. I have often said that I don’t count my awards, but this is one I will not soon forget. The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award from the We Are Family Foundation represents so many of the characteristics that I strive every day to live by. I believe in family, I believe in love, and I believe that together we can change the world“, said Parton.

Previous honorees of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Peacemaker Award include: President Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu, Roger Daltrey CBE, Paul Simon, Dr. Maya Angelou and Quincy Jones.

Jean Paul Gaultier (Photo: Peter Lindbergh)

Jean Paul Gaultier will receive the Humanitarian Award. Gaultier, a French couturier started an apprenticeship at eighteen in the fashion house of Parisian designer Pierre Cardin and by 1976, founded his own eponymous fashion label. Gaultier started his ascent in the fashion world in the early eighties adding a men’s collection in 1984, and two years later opening his first boutique in Paris. In 1997 with his showing of his first haute couture collection, Gaultier secured his place in the fashion industry.

With Gaultier’s desire to illuminate and support human individuality and beauty, he used unconventional models for his shows. This earned him both criticism and enormous popularity. In acknowledgement of his role in reshaping popular perceptions of humanity through fashion and in redirecting the creative process, Gaultier was awarded in 2001 the title of Chevalier de la Lègion d’Honneur (“Knight of the Legion of Honor”), one of France’s highest honors, amongst many other awards and accolades he has received.

It is with great honor that I receive the 2019 Humanitarian Award. I have always believed that all people are beautiful, no matter what their color, shape, size, creed, or sexuality. It is the inner beauty of all people and what we do for others that contributes the most to our beautiful global family“, said Jean Paul Gaultier.

Previous honorees of the Humanitarian Award include Bono, Sting & Trudie Styler, Steven Van Zandt, Nile Rodgers, Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel and Sir Elton John.

Nile Rodgers & CHIC and Dolly Parton will perform live at the event.

To purchase tickets or to contribute to We Are Family Foundation, please visit www.wearefamilyfoundation.org. Contributions are fully tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

LBJ Presidential Library to Host Civil Rights Summit to Mark 50th Anniversary of Civil Rights Act of 1964

Former Presidents Carter and Clinton to Deliver Keynote Addresses

The LBJ Presidential Library will host a Civil Rights Summit April 8-10, 2014, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  President Lyndon Baines Johnson drove passage of the legislation and signed it into law.  The Summit will be both a look back at the civil rights movement of the 1960s and a look forward at the civil rights issues still facing America and the world.

LBJ Presidential Library Civil Rights Summit logo.  (PRNewsFoto/LBJ Presidential Library)

LBJ Presidential Library Civil Rights Summit logo. (PRNewsFoto/LBJ Presidential Library)

The LBJ Presidential Library, located on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin, is one of thirteen presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration.  Dedicated in May 1971, it is the nation’s fifth presidential library.  Its mission is to preserve and protect the historical materials in its collections and make them readily accessible; to increase public awareness of the American experience through relevant exhibitions and educational programs; and to advance the LBJ Library’s standing as a center for intellectual activity and community leadership while meeting the challenges of a changing world.

Founded in 1970 by the 36th President of the United States, Lyndon Baines Johnson, the LBJ School of Public Affairs is a professional school that draws on the legacy of its namesake to empower the next “get it done” generation to take on effective leadership roles in public service.  The LBJ Foundation is a non-profit organization that supports the LBJ Presidential Library and the LB School of Public Affairs.

The Summit will feature keynote addresses from former President Jimmy Carter on April 8 and former President Bill Clinton on April 9.  An invitation has been extended to President George W. Bush to deliver a keynote address on April 10, and the Library is working with his office to finalize details.

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 K. Updegrove, director of the LBJ Presidential Library. “But his vision went far beyond ending racial discrimination. He believed that education, economic opportunity, health care, clean air and water, and access to the arts and humanities, among other things, were inherent civil rights for all Americans—and it’s reflected in his legislative legacy.”

The Civil Rights Summit is this year’s cornerstone event of a multi-year anniversary celebration of President Johnson’s prodigious legislative legacy. Throughout the course of the next several years, the LBJ Presidential Library, the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, and the LBJ Foundation will partner to commemorate the anniversaries of seminal laws signed by President Johnson that continue to resonate today.

During the Summit and throughout the month of April, the “Cornerstones of Civil Rights” exhibit will be on display at the LBJ Presidential Library, linking the civil rights legacies of Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon Johnson. It features a lithograph copy of Abraham Lincoln’s final draft of the Emancipation Proclamation; the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery, signed by President Lincoln; the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, signed by President Johnson; and an annotated copy of Johnson’s “We Shall Overcome” speech to Congress asking for passage of the Voting Rights Act. It also includes a signature “stovepipe” hat worn by Lincoln and a Resistol beaver cowboy hat worn by Johnson.

Civil Rights Film Series:  Hosted by Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker, UT Film and Television department head, and LBJ School professor Paul Stekler, the LBJ School of Public Affairs will present a series of documentaries and speeches that chronicle the civil rights era and the pivotal role played by President Lyndon Johnson in the passing of the Civil Rights Act, on April 2, 3, and 7.

Throughout the next 18 months, the LBJ School will examine how far America has come in meeting the challenges of achieving equality and equity for all Americans. The School will sponsor 50 events for the 50thanniversary, all culminating in a call for a renewed effort to “get things done” in order to improve the lives of all citizens.

President Johnson’s legislative achievements underscore for our students how society can be transformed by the efforts of those committed to a life of leadership in public service,” said Robert Hutchings, dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. “Now, with the Civil Rights Summit, we will have an opportunity to hear from some of today’s most prominent and distinguished leaders as our students prepare themselves to be the next ‘get it done’ generation.

Participants in the Summit will include numerous prestigious representatives of the Johnson Administration and family, the American media, current and former elected officials, and members of academia:

The Honorable Julian Bond
Former Chairman, NAACP

Taylor Branch
Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Jim Brown
Former NFL running back

Tina Brown
Journalist, Tina Brown Live Media

Joseph A. Califano, Jr.
Chair, National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse; Head of Domestic Policy for President Johnson

The Honorable Julian Castro
Mayor of San Antonio, Texas

Michael J. Cramer
Director, UT Program in Sports and Media

Dr. Harry Edwards
Sociologist, focusing on Afrcan American athletes

Dr. Larry Faulkner
Former President, The University of Texas at Austin

David Ferriero
Archivist of the United States

The Honorable Shirley Franklin 
Former Mayor of Atlanta; Barbara Jordan Visiting Professor of Ethics and Political Values, LBJ School

Luci Baines Johnson
Daughter of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson

Tom Johnson 
Former President, CNN; former Deputy Press Secretary to President Johnson

Congressman John Lewis
U. S. Representative, Georgia

Joe Morgan
Former Major League Baseball second baseman

Diane Nash
Helped found Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee

Bill Powers
President, The University of Texas at Austin

Todd Purdum
Author, An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964; national editor; Vanity Fair

Lynda Johnson Robb
Daughter of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson

Bill Russell
Former NBA center

Bob Santelli
Director, The GRAMMY Museum

The Honorable Margaret Spellings
Former U. S. Secretary of Education; President, George W. Bush Presidential Center

Mavis Staples
Singer, civil rights activist

The Honorable Antonio Villaraigosa
Former Mayor of LA

The Honorable Andrew Young
Former UN Ambassador and Mayor of Atlanta