The LBJ Foundation
presents the

2023 LBJ Liberty & Justice For All Award


Willie Nelson

LBJ Presidential Library | May 12, 2023

Photo credit: My Way, Studio album by Willie Nelson

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.

2023 Honoree
Willie Nelson

The LBJ Foundation is pleased to announce that Willie Nelson will receive its highest honor, the LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award. On behalf of the LBJ Foundation Board of Trustees, we invite you to join us on Friday, May 12, 2023, at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, as we celebrate this iconic Texan.

Willie Nelson Photo by Pamela Springsteen

The LBJ Foundation created the LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award in 2010 in the spirit of President Johnson’s commitment to public service and access and equality for all Americans. Willie Nelson is a deserving recipient. Throughout his career, Willie has remained passionately committed to using his musical talent to assist people affected by natural disasters, to address global food insecurity, and to support sustainable agriculture. Perhaps his best-known cause, Farm Aid, has raised over $70 million dollars to support family farms since its inception in 1985.

In tribute to Willie, net proceeds will support the establishment of the Willie Nelson Endowment for Uplifting Rural Communities at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. The endowment will fund activities focused on sustainable agriculture, eliminating hunger, resilient energy, sustainable water as well as natural disaster recovery to uplift rural and farm communities.

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Sponsorship Information

Event Details

Friday, May 12, 2023

LBJ Presidential Library

Austin, Texas

Contact: [email protected]

"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.