Nick Kotz
Nick Kotz

UTSA hosts Jan. 25 lecture by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist

(Jan. 24, 2005)--As part of Black History Month, the UTSA Department of Political Science and Geography African American Studies Program and the Institute for Law and Public Policy present Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nick Kotz speaking on his new book, "Judgment Days: Lyndon Baines Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr. and the Laws That Changed America."

The lecture, free and open to the public, is 2 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 25 in Humanities and Social Sciences Building Room 2.01.12 on the UTSA 1604 Campus.

Kotz is the winner of a Pulitzer Prize and the National Magazine Award. He is the author of several books on politics, social justice and the civil rights movement. Publisher Houghton Mifflin describes the new book as the first full account of the working relationship between Johnson and King.

According to the publisher, "Opposites in almost every way, mortally suspicious of each other at first, Johnson and King were thrust together in the aftermath of JFK's assassination. Both leaders sensed a historic opportunity born of the popular desire to honor Kennedy's legacy, and they began a delicate dance of accommodation that moved them, and the entire nation, toward the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965."

"Drawing on a wealth of newly available sources -- Johnson's taped telephone conversations, voluminous FBI wiretap logs, previously secret communications between the FBI and the president -- Kotz gives us a dramatic narrative, rich in dialog, that presents this momentous period with thrilling immediacy and which significantly enriches our understanding of both men and their time."

For more information, contact Sonya Montgomery at (210) 458-5600.

--Tim Brownlee

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