Constitution Reading Planned for Sept. 17 at ATU

Constitution Reading at ATU 9-14-2019
File photo of a previous Constitution Day observance at Arkansas Tech University.

The Arkansas Tech University Department of History and Political Science will host a Constitution Day observance as part of ATU’s football pre-game tailgating activities on Saturday, Sept. 17.

More than 20 individuals — including elected officials and ATU students, faculty and staff — will participate in a reading of the U.S. Constitution on the Crabaugh Hall lawn beginning at approximately 4 p.m.

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. 17, 60 ATU students have volunteered to teach constitution lessons to students at Russellville Junior High School and Dwight Elementary School on Friday, Sept. 16. In all, approximately 500 students from the Russellville School District will be exposed to U.S. Constitution content as a result of the project.

Dr. Michael Rogers, professor of political science, and Dr. Jeff Pearson, associate professor of history, provide leadership for the ATU Constitution Day committee.

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