OCTC Celebrates Constitution Day

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OWENSBORO, KY (09/15/2017) September 15 (Owensboro, KY) -On Monday, September 18, 2017, Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) will celebrate Constitution Day with a presentation titled "Freedom of Speech: Limitations & Expectations." The presentation and panel discussion will be by OCTC faculty, Nicole Nacey, and Owensboro Human Relations Commission Executive Director, Sylvia Coleman. Nicole Nacey is an OCTC alumnus, teaches Political Science, and has worked in the OCTC Business Office for over ten years. Nacey earned a Bachelor's in Business Administration and a Master's in Public Administration from Western Kentucky University. Sylvia Coleman has served as the Executive Director of the Owensboro Human Relations Commission since 2013. She earned a Bachelor's in Liberal Arts degree from Spalding University, and a Master's in Public Administration from Kentucky State University, and is an accomplished public speaker.

On Constitution Day, we recognize the anniversary of the nation's constitution and the efforts and responsibilities of all citizens. In the summer of 1787, delegates convened in Philadelphia to create "a more perfect union" and to craft the country's constitution. They worked to develop a framework that would provide balance and freedom, taking into account national and state interests, as well as individual human rights. The delegates signed the Constitution of the United States on September 17, 1787. By June 21, 1788, the Constitution was ratified, having been approved by nine of the 13 states.

Efforts to recognize citizens and the Constitution began in 1939, when newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst advocated a day to celebrate US Citizenship. In 1940 Congress created "I Am an American Day" to be celebrated on the third Sunday in May. On February 29, 1952, President Harry Truman signed into law "Citizenship Day." It was established to replace "I Am an American Day." On August 2, 1956, Congress requested that the President proclaim the week beginning September 17 and ending September 23 of each year as "Constitution Week." One additional change was made to the event when a federal law enacted in December 2004 designated September 17 as "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day."

OCTC President Dr. Scott Williams commented, "We hope that the topic of this Constitution Day encourages discussion and deliberation among the students, faculty, and staff and that community members feel free to join us."

The event is free and open to faculty, staff, students and the general public. The event will take place at from 2 - 3:15 p.m. in the Chandler Conference Center, located in the Advanced Technology Center of OCTC's Main Campus at 4800 New Hartford Road.