COLUMBUS, Miss. – Public reading of the United States Constitution will be one of various activities hosted on the campus of Mississippi University for Women to observe Constitution Day, Monday Sept. 17.

Dr. Kristi DiClemente, assistant professor of history at The W, said, “Constitution Day commemorates the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787, and celebrates U.S. citizenship.”

She added that all publicly funded educational institutions must provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution that day.

Reading of the Constitution publicly, a patriotic photo booth, Constitution trivia and voter registration forms will be The W’s contribution. All activities will take place in front of Fant Memorial Library from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dr. Chanley Rainey, assistant professor of political science at The W, explained that the Constitution is an opportunity to reflect on “who we are as a country.”

“It remains the basic contract binding all who reside within the country. The contract establishes the shared values that are to guide our development into a `more perfect union,’ as well as the rules of the game by which we all agree to reach collective decisions in spite of our differences. Without agreement on those, there isn't anything to hold us together; we can renegotiate the contract, but we can't get along without one.”

Rainey added, “It also provides an important opportunity to remind ourselves of the ideals upon which our policy is based and take stock of the ways in which we are falling short of our aspirations.”

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