Sept. 17: Constitution Day celebration to focus on voting rights struggles of past, present

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A celebration to commemorate Constitution Day and learn more about one of the founding documents of the United States and voting rights.

In the wake of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, Metropolitan State University’s commemoration event will illuminate what the U.S. Constitution states about voting rights, the movements that have expanded those rights to disenfranchised groups and current struggles and policy issues that affect voter eligibility and participation.

A panel will discuss what the Constitution says (or doesn’t) about voting rights, the movements that have expanded rights to disenfranchised groups, and current struggles and policy issues affecting voter eligibility and participation today.

Panelists include:

The event is open to the public and will be 4 to 6 p.m., Sept. 17, in room 302 of the Metropolitan State University library. Registration begins at 4 p.m. and a light meal will be available. The panel discussion begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be led by assistant professor of political science Kathleen Cole.

Get a free pocket-sized copy of the Constitution

Stop by the 2nd floor information desk, Metropolitan State University Library (Saint Paul campus) or the ICES offices.

Bulk orders are available to faculty who wish to distribute copies of the U.S. Constitution booklets to classes. Contact ICES at with your name, course number, title, the number of copies requested and where they should be delivered.

Learn and teach more about the Constitution and voting rights

Watch for a display of books and other resources related to the Constitution and voting rights near the library’s second floor information desk.

Read and see more online.

Constitution Day is co-sponsored by the Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship, American Democracy Project and Student Senate with support from Library and Information Services.