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Constitution Day

Constitution Day is September 17, and commemorates the formation and signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787.

To encourage all Americans to learn more about the Constitution, the U.S. Congress established Constitution Week in 1956, to be celebrated each year on September 17, the date in 1787 when delegates to the Convention signed the Constitution.

In 2004 U.S. Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia included key provisions in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of Fiscal Year 2005 that designates September 17 of each year as Constitution Day and requiring public schools and governmental offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution.

In honor of Constitution Day, Chicago-Kent's Constitutional Democracy Project and Institute on the Supreme Court of the United States will hold a virtual panel to address “What Does the Constitution Say About Voting?” This panel will focus on the history of the right to vote in the United States and the role of federalism in defining the scope and operation of the right. This event will be held on Thursday, September 17 at 4:00 p.m. (CST). This event will feature Felice Batlan, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, Atiba Ellis, Marquette University Law School, Derek T. Muller, University of Iowa College of Law, and Carolyn Shapiro, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.

This program is supported through a partnership with the Jack Miller Center’s Chicago Founding Civics Initiative. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration is available here.

Online Resources

Interactive Guide to the U.S. Constitution
Constitution IQ Quiz
Constitution Facts—Real or Fake
School House Rock—The Preamble

Voting

Register to Vote
School House Rock—I'm Gonna Send Your Vote to College