Marjorie O. Rendell, Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the 43rd First Lady of Pennsylvania (Sep 24, 2007 at Dickinson College, Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues) Description: Constitution Day Address: On September 17, 1787, thirty-nine men signed the U.S. Constitution, giving the people sovereignty under the American government. As the oldest written national constitution in use, the United States Constitution stands as a model of statesmanship and cooperation. September 17, 2007 marked the 220th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution; this date serves as a reminder of the Founding Father's legacy and American citizen's responsibility to uphold the privileges, which those thirty-nine men presented. As a federal judge, First Lady and citizen, The Honorable Marjorie O. Rendell is passionate about civic learning. She has said, "We are the newest guardians of our democracy. It is important that we rededicate ourselves to the creation of those "voices of the people" proficient in understanding and willing to sacrifice for the rights and responsibilities embodied in our Constitution. We have a duty as "living" citizens to educate our youngest so that they not only know the words, "we the people...," but fully embrace their meaning." Co-sponsored by the department of political science.
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