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Constitution Day

September 17 has been set aside by Congress for all education institutions to provide education programs and information about the U.S. Constitution, which was signed on September 17, 1787. Since September 17 falls on a Sunday this year, Constitution Day is officially observed on Monday, September 18, 2017. Learn about the U.S. Constitution at Davenport University's Constitution Day website!

The U.S. Constitution is the oldest written Constitution of any nation on Earth! It has withstood the test of time – almost 230 years – and defines what we live by: the rule of law, limited government, and the ideals of liberty, equality, and justice. The Constitution was created by the people and for people. It is the foundation of our democracy and our rights as Americans.

Visit Davenport Libraries in person or online:

  • Look for Constitution Day displays at the Lansing, Midland, Warren and W.A. Lettinga campus libraries.  
  • Pick up your complimentary pocket size copy of the U.S. Constitution at the W.A. Lettinga campus.
  • Check out the Constitution Day Library Guide for "Fast Facts," founding documents, research links, and more at

          From W.A. Lettinga Campus Library Displays 

The First Amendment

Do you know all of the rights included in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution?  

Religious freedom, the right to free speech, freedom of the press, the right to assemble peaceably, and the right to petition the government are still being interpreted today! 

The First Amendment in Current Times

Religious Freedom: Should a public school employee be permitted to lead voluntary prayer at school-sponsored events? A former public school football coach has lost his job over this issue.

Free Speech: How do we balance free speech and public safety on the internet? The Supreme Court has upheld the right of those with a criminal past, including sex offenders, to access the internet. Note that while individuals have the right to access the internet, criminal activity on the internet can be and is prosecuted.

Freedom of the Press: Is a U. S. President's Twitter account a “public forum” under the constitution, or is it a personal account? Are members of the press entitled to access such social media without fear of being "blocked" just as they are granted access to other public forms?

Right to Assemble Peaceably: How do we balance the Right to Assemble and the Right to Free Speech against public safety? Should authorities shut down protests that might become violent? If so, how should this determination be made?

Explore the U.S. Constitution through interactive websites:

Interactive Constitution: Search the Constitution by Key words; explore more that 300 Constitution related topics from business, education, civil rights, voting, etc.; view Supreme Court Case decisions in the text of the Constitution.

Interactive Audio/Visual Timeline: Learn about landmark historical events from the birth of a nation and implementation of the United States Constitution to current events

Learn how The U.S. Constitution still applies to the world we live in today at these websites: "Annenberg Videos have won 45 national awards"

    • Over 50 videos on major constitutional concepts and court cases
    • Brochures, Books, and Interactive games
    • Current News and "Today in History" "The public radio show about law and American life" 

National Archives: Research and Learn

    • America's Founding Documents
    • Foreign Policy, Military Records, and Investigations
    • People
    • Places
    • Federal Government
    • Maritime, Aviation, Science, and Technology
    • Events, Centennials, and Holidays
    • Arts and Culture

Check out the history of The Pledge of Allegiance at this website:

Your Vote Matters!  

... and not only during Presidential elections.

Midterm Elections are also Important!

Voter registrations forms, absentee ballot information, and polling locations can be found at your state’s Secretary of State web site: Michigan:

Register to vote today! The most fundamental way to make a difference is through your vote! It’s your voice!