The LBJ Foundation has announced that Willie Nelson will receive its highest honor, the LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award, in recognition of his work to fight global food insecurity and support sustainable agriculture. The award will be presented in a ceremony featuring performances by Eric Church, Sam Hunt, Elle King, and Lyle Lovett at the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, TX on Friday, May 12th.
The LBJ Liberty & Justice for All Award was created in 2010 “in the spirit of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s commitment to public service and access and equality for all Americans,” according to the LBJ Foundation’s website. Previous recipients have included George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Eric Holder, John McCain, and John Lewis.
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The organization called Willie Nelson “a deserving recipient” in its announcement, going on to explain, “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.”
A limited number of tickets for the ceremony are on sale now, with net proceeds supporting 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, and natural disaster recovery to uplift rural and farm communities. For more information, head here.