LBJ Liberty & Justice For All Award

The LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award honors those who carry on President Lyndon Baines Johnson's legacy, personifying the mission he defined as our country's most basic: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man.

2020 Honoree
Ruth Bader Ginsburg

On January 30, 2020, the LBJ Foundation awarded its most prestigious honor, the LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award, to Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the Supreme Court of the United States.

A lifelong advocate for human rights and gender equality, Justice Ginsburg has dedicated her life to dismantling discrimination and preserving the rule of law.

Larry Temple, Chairman of the LBJ Foundation, said: "Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been aptly described as the Thurgood Marshall of gender equality law, and her contributions to American jurisprudence cannot be overstated. She is a fiery champion of justice, providing good reason why she is so widely regarded as a cultural icon and inspiration to millions."

Lynda Johnson Robb, Luci Baines Johnson, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, right, receives the LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award from Lynda Johnson Robb, left, and Luci Baines Johnson. LBJ Foundation photo by Jay Godwin.

The LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award was held Thursday evening, January 30, at the Library of Congress in Washington. Following the award presentation by Lynda Johnson Robb and Luci Baines Johnson, Justice Ginsburg was interviewed on stage by Mark Updegrove, the president and CEO of the LBJ Foundation.

The evening also featured a performance by legendary singer-songwriter James Taylor. Other prominent guests included Bill Moyers, White House Press Secretary for President Johnson; Nina Totenberg, NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent; Golden Globe-nominated actress Constance Wu, Emmy Award-winning actress Holland Taylor, and Emmy Award-winning co-host of ABC's The View Sunny Hostin, who read passages culled from writings throughout Justice Ginsburg's groundbreaking career; and harmonica virtuoso Frédéric Yonnet.

"There are no problems we cannot solve together, and very few that we can solve by ourselves."
- President Lyndon B. Johnson
President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Oval Office. Portrait by Arnold Newman.

About the LBJ Foundation

Established by President and Mrs. Johnson in 1969, the LBJ Foundation is a nonprofit organization comprised of a board of trustees and administrative staff that supports the LBJ Presidential Library and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

The LBJ Presidential Library, operated under the auspices of the National Archives and Records Administration, maintains the archive of President Johnson's administration and political career and promotes his legacy while providing, in his words, "a springboard for the future" through public programming aimed at addressing the issues of our time. The Foundation enhances the Library by directing public programming, administering the museum's store and admissions operations, and directing grants for researchers and scholars.

The LBJ School of Public Affairs embodies President Johnson's living legacy by nurturing leaders and public servants in the hopes that they will pursue what he called "the oldest, most basic mission of our country: to right wrong, to do justice, to serve man." The Foundation provides financial support for the school for the outstanding education it offers its graduate students in public policy and government affairs, community outreach, and global initiatives.

All bearing our 36th President's name, these three institutions—the LBJ Foundation, the LBJ Presidential Library, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs—preserve Lyndon B. Johnson's consequential legacy while pursuing his hopeful vision for the future.