The Arkansas Tech University Department of History and Political Science will host a Constitution Day 2023 observance as part of ATU’s football pre-game tailgating activities on Saturday, Sept. 16.
Members of the ATU community and local dignitaries will participate in a reading of the U.S. Constitution during Party at the Plaza on Centennial Plaza beginning at approximately 4:30 p.m. There will also be a voter registration table.
The U.S. Constitution was adopted by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., on Sept. 17, 1787.
In 2004, Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia championed a new law that designated Sept. 17 of each year as Constitution Day. Public schools and institutions of higher learning across the United States are required to provide educational programs about the document on Constitution Day.
In addition to the reading of the U.S. Constitution on Saturday, Sept. 16, volunteers from ATU will teach constitution lessons to students at Russellville Junior High School and Dwight Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 15.
Dr. Michael Rogers, professor of political science, and Dr. Jeff Pearson, associate professor of history, provide leadership for the ATU Constitution Day committee.
Learn more about the ATU Department of History and Political Science at www.atu.edu/history.