Constitution Day 2011 to be Celebrated in Hackney Library on Friday, Sept. 16, 9 am to 5 pm

In celebration of Constitution Day 2011, Hackney Library will be screening three DVDs back to back from 9 am to 5 pm on Friday, September 16 in the library’s Learning Café on the first floor. 

The first DVD, Our Constitution, features a discussion between former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and fellow Justice Stephen Breyer concerning why we have and need a constitution; federalism; and the safeguards of the separation of powers between branches of government. 

The second DVD, Key Constitutional Concepts is composed of three sections:  the first covers the need  for framing of the Constitution; the second highlights individual rights secured by the document; and the third explores the separation of powers. 

A More Perfect Union:  America Becomes a Nation, the third title being screened, covers the need for a constitution in light of unfair trade and tariffs imposed by the British ten years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Constitution Day is celebrated each September 17th through a variety of events all over the United States to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787 by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention that created the document.   Although the official date of Constitution Day is September 17, the Barton College community will celebrate it one day prior, on the 16th, since the official date falls on a weekend this year. 

Please drop in and join us for a continual screening of the three DVDs that, in various ways, illustrate the profound impact the Constitution has had on our government and our country for the last 300+ years, and continues to have today.

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