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Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, & Voting Rights: Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, & Voting Rights

What is Constitution Day?

According to documentation at the Library of Congress at Constitution Day and Citizenship Day the current "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day" had its roots back in 1940 with a joint resolution passed by Congress having the President issue a Proclamation setting aside the third Sunday in May for public recognition for all those who attained American citizenship, as "I Am An American Day.”

In 1952 Congress repealed the 1940 joint resolution and passed a new law moving the date to September 17 to commemorate the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution, and still retained the designation of "Citizenship Day" as well.

Effective May 24, 2005, the U.S. Department of Education released a “Notice of Implementation” that federal legislation proposed by West Virginian Senator Robert C. Byrd and passed by Congress requires all educational institutions which receive federal funds from the Department of Education to provide education programs relating to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year and also requires that head of every federal agency provide each employee with educational and training materials concerning the Constitution on this date as well. For reference, see the Federal Register May 24, 2005 . September 17 commemorates the signing of the Constitution by the Constitution Convention delegates on September 17, 1787.

Harford Community College is celebrating “Constitution Day” with a 2-day event on Tuesday September 14 AND Wednesday September 15, 2021, in accordance with this federal legislation.

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September 14th Constitution Day BSS Division Panel Discussion 12:20-1:30 PM in SC243!

The BSS Division Constitution Day Panel Discussion on "The Constitution, Voting Rights, and Federalism" will take place on Tuesday September 14 during from 12:30-1:30 PM in Student Center room 243!

You can join this Constitution Day Panel Discussion via MS Teams as well!

Constitution Day is a celebration of the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. The date is also designated Citizenship Day to focus on the rights and responsibilities of citizens under the Constitution.

Coordinated by the Behavioral and Social Sciences Division, Constitution Day at Harford strives to educate the campus community about the Constitution and citizenship, both historically and as they apply to today's challenges.

CLICK HERE for link to HCC BSS Professor Stephanie Hallock's CONSTITUTION DAY 2020 Prezi Presentation!

"America Reads the Constitution" Constitution Day 2021 celebration from Rice University

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Constitution Day and Citizenship E-Resources

 Check out these online Constitution resources!

Find more documents and information on the Government Documents at HCC Library LibGuide, the Government Documents web page, and in the Library Catalog.

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