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Civil-Rights Documentary Launches ‘Constitution Week’


With microphones in hand, Sinclair and Chappo encourage thoughtful dialogue in Penn's Inn.
With microphones in hand, Sinclair and Chappo encourage thoughtful dialogue in Penn’s Inn.
Pocket editions of the U.S. Constitution are front and center, reminding today's citizens of its ongoing relevance.
Pocket editions of the U.S. Constitution are front and center, reminding today’s citizens of its ongoing relevance.
A veteran of issue-driven campus forums, Miller keeps the conversation flowing.
A veteran of issue-driven campus forums, Miller keeps the conversation flowing.
A library display includes facts, giveaways ... and a laptop for self-service voter signup.
A library display includes facts, giveaways … and a laptop for self-service voter signup.
Exercising "the right of the people peaceably to assemble"
Exercising “the right of the people peaceably to assemble”

Constitution Week at Penn College kicked off Monday with a showing of a civil-rights documentary, “Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot,” relating the nonviolent March 1965 battle to win voting rights for African-Americans. The 40-minute film tells of a courageous group of students and teachers who marched 54 miles from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, achieving one of the most significant victories of its era. The screening was preceded by a brief overview of the civil-rights timeline from 1868 to 1965 and was followed by breakout discussions facilitated by faculty members from the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications: Katrina A. Sinclair, assistant professor of humanities; John F. Chappo, assistant professor of history/history of technology; and Craig A. Miller, assistant professor of history/political science. Commemorating America’s seminal document, adopted 231 years ago this month, Constitution Week includes a display table in Madigan Library and voter registration tables at convenient campus locations.
Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer

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