Constitution Day in Ardmore

By: Robin Beal Email
By: Robin Beal Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- It may not be a major holiday, but Wednesday is "Constitution Day.” While its proper name is now "Citizenship Day," whatever you choose to call it, legal scholars and historians say it is a great reason to learn more about that document the country nation was built upon. Robin Beal has more on how students in Oklahoma celebrated.

On September 17, 1787, the Constitutional Convention came up with a document that 39 delegates from 12 states sign that would eventually become the Constitution of The United States of America.

Students at Ardmore's Higher Education Center got a special lesson on that day on Wednesday, and more importantly, a lesson on the document itself.

Prominent local attorney Fred Collins was the guest speaker at a lunchtime lecture designed to clear up some misconceptions and enlighten tomorrow's leaders about what the Constitution actually says.

Collins says he frequently meets people who do not understand the all-important document as well as they should.

"A lot of people have, for instance, a belief that the Constitution sets up all the courts in the United States, the federal courts, and the Constitution doesn't set up all of the courts. It only sets up one, and it leaves to the Legislature to set up all the other courts and very few people know that. That's one very common misconception."

This year marks the Constitution’s 221st birthday.

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  • by Fozzy Location: Ardmore on Sep 18, 2008 at 08:58 AM
    The speaker must have missed the more important part of the constitution where the government does not take people to raise "cradle to grave".
  • by MSC Location: OK on Sep 18, 2008 at 06:38 AM
    You forgot to say that this was hosted by Murray State College.
  • by Obama Supporter Location: Texas on Sep 17, 2008 at 04:15 PM
    Get rid of the Patriot Act and follow the Constitution like we're suppose to and try to negotiate with these country's from attacking us again! Only Barak Obama can make this happen!
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