On Thursday, August 20, at 3:45 PM EST, Dean Douglas will speak with veteran broadcast journalist and political commentator Bill Moyers. Moyers served as a special assistant and later press secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson, from 1963 to 1967, during the time that the Voting Rights Act was signed into law. Dean Douglas will discuss the history of the Voting Rights Act with Moyers, and his views of this extraordinary moment in our history.
The Just Vote is a series of Facebook Live conversations that will explore justice issues that hang in the balance in this upcoming election. Dean Kelly Brown Douglas will examine the forces attacking our access to the ballot and the importance of voter mobilization this November. These 30-minute conversations featured on the EDS at Union Facebook page will invite religious, political, and thought leaders to discuss their work on the front lines of the fight for voting rights in America.
About Bill Moyers
A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Bill Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times, one that resonates with multiple generations. With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Moyers has produced such groundbreaking public affairs series as NOW with Bill Moyers (2002-05), Bill Moyers Journal (2007-10) and Moyers & Company (2011-15). Since the company’s founding in 1986, other notable productions have included the landmark 1988 series Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth, as well as Healing and the Mind, The Language of Life, Genesis, On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying, Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home, America’s First River, Becoming American: The Chinese Experience, Faith & Reason, and Moyers on America.
Moyers began his journalism career at age 16 as a cub reporter for his hometown daily newspaper in Marshall, Texas. He was a founding organizer and deputy director of the Peace Corps and special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson. Moyers served as Johnson’s press secretary from 1965 to 1967.
As publisher of Newsday from 1967 to 1970, Moyers brought aboard writers including Pete Hamill, Daniel Patrick Moynihan and Saul Bellow, and led the paper to two Pulitzer Prizes. In 1976, he was the senior correspondent for the distinguished documentary series CBS Reports and later a senior news analyst for the CBS Evening News.
For his work, Bill Moyers has received more than 30 Emmys, two prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys, and three George Polk Awards. In the first year it was bestowed, Moyers received the prestigious Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he also received the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association and has been honored by the Television Critics Association for outstanding career achievement.