Rep. Ann Coody will be one of the featured panelists when Cameron University joins colleges and universities across the nation to celebrate Constitution Day on Wednesday, Sept. 15, commemorating the 1787 signing of the Constitution of the United States of America. In recognition of the 90th anniversary of the passing of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote, this year’s celebration will focus on “Women in American Politics.” Sheryl Lovelady, Director of Women’s Leadership Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma’s Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center; and Dr. Melody Huckaby and Dr. Sarah Eppler Janda, both of CU’s Department of History and Government, will be the other featured panelists.
The event is sponsored by the CU School of Liberal Arts, the Department of History and Government, and the Lawton Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Cameron’s Constitution Day celebration takes place in the McCasland Ballroom in the McMahon Centennial Complex from 3-5 p.m. and is open to the public at no charge. Copies of the U.S. Constitution and commemorative bookmarks will be distributed.
Constitution Day commemorates September 17, 1787, a key point in U.S. history, when the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document that defined and separated powers of the federal government. Voting, debating the issues, gathering to meet in public and in private, criticizing or praising your government, observing a religion of choice and pursuing an education and a career are just a few of the pursuits guaranteed under the U.S. Constitution.
On January 10, 1918, U.S. House of Representatives approved the 19th Amendment, which said that the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any other state on account of sex. The U.S. Senate passed the amendment 18 months later on June 19, 1919. After receiving ratification from the required 36 states, the 19th Amendment became part of the U.S. Constitution on August 26, 1920.
This celebration of Constitution Day also serves as the first meeting of the academic year of the Cameron University Political Science Forum.
For more information on this event, contact Jeffrey Metzger, Assistant Professor of Political Science, at 580-581-2494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Constitution Day, go to www.constitutioncenter.org.
Fast Facts about the U.S. Constitution
- The U. S Constitution was written in the same Pennsylvania State House where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where George Washington received his commission as Commander of the Continental Army. Now called Independence Hall, the building still stands today on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, directly across from the National Constitution Center.
- Written in 1787, the Constitution was signed on September 17; it wasn't until 1788 that it was ratified by the necessary nine states.
- The U.S. Constitution was prepared in secret, behind locked doors that were guarded by sentries.
- Some of the original framers and many delegates in the state ratifying conventions were troubled that the original Constitution lacked a description of individual rights. In 1791, Americans added a list of rights to the Constitution. The first 10 amendments became known as The Bill of Rights
- Of the 55 delegates attending the Constitutional Convention, 39 signed and three delegates dissented. Two of America's "founding fathers" didn't sign the Constitution. Thomas Jefferson was representing his country in France, and John Adams was doing the same in Great Britain.
- Established on November 26, 1789, the first national "Thanksgiving Day" was originally created by George Washington as a way of "giving thanks" for the Constitution.
- Of the written national constitutions, the U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest.
- At 81, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania was the oldest delegate at the Constitutional Convention, and at 26, Jonathon Dayton of New Jersey was the youngest.
- The original Constitution is on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, it was moved to Fort Knox for safekeeping.
- Of the more than 11,000 amendments have been introduced in Congress, only 33 have gone to the states to be ratified. Of these, 27 have received the necessary approval from the states to become amendments to the Constitution.
Source: National Constitution Center
September 2, 2010