In December, 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia offered legislation, which was passed by Congress and signed into law by the president, that all educational institutions receiving federal funds implement educational programs relating to the United States Constitution on September 17th of each year. The law was designed to increase students’ knowledge about the constitution.
From the Library of Congress Constitution Day website:
“The members of the Constitutional Convention signed the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Constitutional Convention convened in response to dissatisfaction with the Articles of Confederation and the need for a strong centralized government. After four months of secret debate and many compromises, the proposed Constitution was submitted to the states for approval. Although the vote was close in some states, the Constitution was eventually ratified and the new Federal government came into existence in 1789. The Constitution established the U.S. government as it exists today.”
Monday, September 18, 2017 from 6:00–7:30pm
Regina Peruggi Room
DACA: Immigrant New Yorkers in the Era of Trump
Immigration in the U.S.: Images, Voices, and Political Stakes
A Constitution Day discussion with Social Work Advocates Suzann Jacquez-Sanchez and Maria Garcia and ACLU-NJ Staff Attorney Farrin Anello
Thursday, September 18, 2017 8:00 am–10:00 pm
Library Main Entrance (2nd Floor Nugent Building)
A display of books and periodicals devoted to the Constitution: history, philosophy, current issues, etc., located on a table next to the reference desk, opposite the main entrance to the library on the second floor of the Nugent building. The library will also have a Powerpoint presentation of quotes about the Constitution, accompanied by images from ARTStor, that will run on a loop from 8:00am–10:00pm.