Friday, September 5, 2008

Clayton State University Presents Fourth Annual Constitution Days

Clayton State University’s Fourth Annual celebration of Constitution Days will kick off on Monday, Sept. 8 and run through Friday, Sept. 19, with the help of the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) Southeast Region, and a distinguished (and recently retired) professor of History.

As has become traditional, NARA will help Clayton State with its celebration of Constitution Day by contributing a collection of historical document reproductions on loan from NARA. These documents, including a reproduction of the Constitution, will be on display on Main Street in the James M. Baker University Center from Sept. 8 to Sept. 19. Also on display during Constitution Days will be an 18th Century Women’s Clothing display and the Women in the War for Independence display, both in the Clayton State Library.

NARA is also hosting an event on Wednesday, Sept. 17, when Dr. Jamil Zainaldin, president of the Georgia Humanities Council, will be giving a presentation at 10 a.m. Music for the occasion will be provided by Clayton State University students Stephen Odom, tenor and Wilgens Pierre, trumpet. Tours of the Southeast Region archives will follow the speech and boxed lunches will be provided. NARA is located just up the street from Clayton State at 5780 Jonesboro Rd., Morrow.

The University’s Constitution Days celebration will be keynoted by Dr. Eugene Hatfield, Clayton State professor of History (retired), whose address, “The Constitution and Civic Engagement,” will be given in room UC 272 of the James M. Baker Center from 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 15.

Other Constitution Days events will include the first New York Times Talk of the semester, on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in room UC 267 of the Baker Center, from 11:10 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. The talk will be on “Gun Rights and the Constitution: National and Local Implications of the Heller Case” and the discussion will be facilitated by Dean Dr. Nasser Momayezi of the Clayton State College of Arts & Sciences.

The University’s traditional reading of the Constitution will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, in the Baker Center Commons. Clayton State President Dr. Thomas K. Harden will provide the introduction and the Color Guard for the program will be members of Clayton State University R.O.T.C. program. Patriotic music for the reading will be performed by Lianna Wimberly, mezzo-soprano and Wilgrens Pierre on the trumpet. Free copies of the Constitution will be provided and volunteer readers will receive a flag pin. A “Founding Fathers’ Constitutional Lunch” will be served by the Lakeside Cafe’ for the occasion.

Also scheduled for Monday, Sept. 15, to Friday, Sept. 19, will be a voter registration drive on Main Street of the Baker Center.

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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