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ALBC Town Hall - Los Angeles, CA




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Los Angeles Event to Commemorate Lincoln Bicentennial,

Explore Impact of Race Relations on L.A.



Join the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and leaders from across Los Angeles for an important public discussion entitled, “Lincoln and King’s Unfinished Work.” The town hall, being held on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend, will look at President Lincoln’s significant role in expanding the nation’s definitions of freedom and equality of opportunity, and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s work in that tradition. Since Los Angeles is “The Entertainment Capital of the World,” participants will also discuss the ways that words, entertainment and the arts explore race and freedom. This is especially timely since films about race are among those nominated for Golden Globe Awards the same evening as the event.

Featured event participants for this lively discussion with the Los Angeles community, include actor Richard Dreyfuss, Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, Los Angeles County Office of Education Superintendent Dr. Darline Robles, writer/director Gary Ross, and renowned Lincoln scholar Ronald C. White. Motivational speaker and entrepreneur Stedman Graham will serve as the moderator.        

A free public event hosted by the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Foundation along with several Los Angeles area community organizations – opening with a reception hosted by Wells Fargo & Company – the town hall is the last in a series of 11 events held across the country under the broad theme of “Lincoln’s Legacy: Race, Freedom and Equality of Opportunity.” Inspired by Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to build an equal opportunity society, the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission’s Lincoln Legacy Town Hall Meeting series seeks to build mutual understanding about differing perspectives on race and ethnicity and are an opportunity to explore what it means to be American in the 21st century.



  • Andy Anderson, chief historian, Wells Fargo & Company (panelist)
  • Richard Dreyfuss, actor (panelist)
  • Assemblymember Warren T. Furutani, (CA-55th) (panelist)
  • Stedman Graham, entrepreneur; motivational speaker (moderator)
  • Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL) (panelist)
  • Harry V. Jaffa, historian; author; Professor Emeritus, Claremont McKenna College; distinguished fellow, the Claremont Institute
  • Reverend Eric P. Lee, president and chief executive officer, SCLC-LA (panelist)
  • Suzan-Lori Parks, playwright (panelist)
  • Dr. Darline Robles, Los Angeles County Office of Education Superintendent (panelist)
  • Gary Ross, writer/director (panelist)
  • Tom Schwartz, Illinois state historian
  • Ronald C. White, historian; author of A. Lincoln (panelist)

Remarks by historians Harold Holzer and Louise Taper.



Sunday, January 17

2:00 p.m. Reception (hosted by Wells Fargo & Company)

3:00-5:00 p.m. Town Hall Meeting



The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Grand Hall
The Music Center
135 North Grand Ave.
Los Angeles, CA


Registration:   Event is free and open to the public. To register, visit www.LincolnLivesOn.com.


List of Co-conveners.

The Fetzer Institute of Kalamazoo, Michigan provided a major grant to the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Foundation to produce the Lincoln Legacy Town Hall Meetings. Support for the Los Angeles event has been provided by Wells Fargo & Company.

Congress established the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission to plan the nation’s celebration of the 16th president’s 200th birthday in 2009.  The Commission works to engage the broadest range of individuals and groups in the commemoration. Through education programs, public forums, and the arts, the Commission provides an opportunity to re-examine Lincoln’s legacy in our 21st century democracy. Its members, who are appointed by the president and congressional leaders, include political leaders, jurists, historians and collectors. For more information, please visit www.abrahamlincoln200.org.

The mission of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission Foundation which was established in 2007 is to continue and build upon the work begun by the ALBC: to educate the public about Lincoln; to serve as an honest broker in building collaborations; and to foster civic engagement grounded in Lincoln’s ideals of freedom, democracy, and equality of opportunity as a guide.


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