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Constitution Day: The Constitution

Constitution Day is September 17.

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Acknowledgements

Karen Beal, Ed Nutter and Kathleen Kennedy assisted with this guide.

Campus Events

“We the People: The United States Constitution and Slavery,” a two-day event featuring a symposium and historical portrayals, is set for Wednesday, Sept. 17 and Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014. Admission will be free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Wallman Hall, a symposium followed by a question and answer session is planned. Ilene Evans will present as Harriet Tubman and Charles Pace will present as Frederick Douglass.

On Thursday, Sept. 18, at 9:30 a.m. will be the lecture “Harriet Tubman: We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident,” and at 11 a.m. will be the lecture “Frederick Douglass: In Service of a Reconstructed Humanity.” Both will take place in the Falcon Center Conference Rooms.

About Constitution Day

Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the ratification of the United States Constitution. It is observed on September 17, the day the members of the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia passed a law designating September 17 as Constitution Day. Schools and federal agencies are required to hold educational programs about the Constitution on Constitution Day.

Public Law 108-477 contained in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005 states that "each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution."