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Howard Observes Constitution Day with National Urban League, NAACP

WASHINGTON (Sept. 15, 2009) – Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. In honor of that historic milestone, the National Urban League and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People will examine “Perspectives on the Constitution in the Sotomayor Era” at Howard University on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Founders Library Browsing Room.

The event will be moderated by Hazeen Ashby, associate director for Student Chapters American Constitution Society with guest speakers Stephanie Jones, executive director, National Urban League Public Policy Institute; and Angela Ciccolo, general counsel, NAACP.

Established in 1910, The Urban League is the nation's oldest and largest community- based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Today, the National Urban League, headquartered in New York City, spearheads the non-partisan efforts of its local affiliates. There are over 100 local affiliates of the National Urban League located in 35 states and the District of Columbia providing direct services to more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ensures the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and eliminates racial hatred and racial discrimination.

Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 21 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at




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