The late Senator Robert C. Byrd, a former West Virginia Democrat and Congress' unofficial Constitutional scholar, believed that American primary, secondary and post-secondary students lack significant knowledge regarding the United States Constitution. In December 2004, Senator Byrd proposed an amendment that was passed by both the House of Representatives and the Senate in an attempt to increase students' knowledge about the Constitution.
The legislation requires that all educational institutions receiving federal funds implement educational programs relating to the U.S. Constitution on September 17 of each year. This date was chosen due to the fact that on September 17, 1787 the delegates to the Constitutional Convention met for the last time to sign the United States Constitution and present it to the American public. (PL 108-447, "Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005," Dec. 8, 2004; 118 Stat. 2809, 3344-45 (Sec.111).
Constitution Day also serves as a reminder to participate in the political process by exercising our right to vote. For more on the United States Constitution: http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html.
Constitution Day 2018 was held Monday, September 17, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. in the Fowlkes Auditorium in the Union. We welcomed speaker Cliff Johnson, Assistant Professor of Law and Director, MacArthur Justice Center University of Mississippi School of Law. The topic was "The Role of the Constitution in Everyday Life: Criminal Justice Issues in Mississippi". Mr. Johnson's biographical information can be found at: https://law.olemiss.edu/faculty-directory/cliff-johnson/.