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Luci Baines Johnson to visit campus April 28 and 29

Loyola press release - April 12, 2004

Luci Baines Johnson, youngest daughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson, at the invitation of former Ambassador to the Holy See Lindy Boggs, has been named chairperson for the endowment initiative for the Boggs Center, located on the Loyola University New Orleans campus. As chair of the endowment initiative, Johnson will bring national recognition to the campaign.

Johnson will be in New Orleans April 28 and 29 to visit the Boggs Center and other local literacy providers. She will also attend a performance of the “Shades of Praise” gospel group and visit a literacy center at St. John the Baptist Church.

The Boggs Center is a collaborator in the Literacy Alliance, a coalition of local literacy providers, employers, social service agencies and other community organizations. This group strives to examine the status of adult literacy education in the region and make informed recommendations for the expansion and improvement of adult literacy education. Most recently, the alliance provided the reading instructors, partnering with the funds the city of New Orleans provided from a federal grant, for a program that puts these instructors in the workplace, teaching employees skills needed to compete for higher-paying jobs at their companies, Bollinger Shipyards and Pendleton Memorial Methodist Hospital.

Johnson has been involved in community issues throughout her life. She serves on the board of the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Austin and the Safe Place Foundation. She is also chairperson of the board of LBJ Holding Company, vice president of the H.Q. Business Suites and a member of the board of directors of LBJ Broadcasting.

For more information about the Boggs Center or Johnson’s visit, contact Michael Cowan, executive director, mcowan@loyno.edu or 864-7081 or Office of Public Affaris, 861-5888.