Constitution Week is a U.S. observance to commemorate the adoption of the United States Constitution

Constitution Week is a U.S. observance to commemorate the adoption of the United States Constitution. It runs annually from September 17 to September 23, although it is not an official national holiday. President George W. Bush officially declared the inception of this week in September 2002. In 2004, Congress declared that Constitution Day should be observed in schools each year on September 17 with educational programs about the history and signing of the Constitution. The two requirements of the law were that the head of every federal agency provide each employee with educational materials concerning the Constitution on the 17th of September and that each educational institution that receives federal funds should hold a program for students every Constitution Day. Some states, local governments, and civic organizations also hold essay contests in conjunction with Constitution Day. Here is another hypothetical: your old high school, complying with the law, has decided to “get in on the act” on the occasion of the 232st anniversary of the ratification of the Constitution. It decides to sponsor an essay contest for all its alumni: “The Majesty of the United States Constitution.” The winner’s essay will be shared in an assembly with the entire student body of your old high school. Because the contest also carries a generous cash award, with high university and other costs, and student loan debts looming, you decide to enter the contest. Write this essay. Keep in mind what you would like to share about the Constitution (including its origins) to high school students. You are free to go in any direction you choose. You can offer any perspective you wish—favorable, critical, mixed, etc. It need not be merely of Justice Thurgood Marshall’s critique as briefly reported on page 28 of Racism and the Law. That, of course, is also a legitimate response, but like any response, it requires a more comprehensive argument with examples, support, and persuasive reasoning. You should draw extensively on both the text (including original and other parts of the Constitution). There is no wrong answer to this paper. Please try to incorporate at least one of the case studies on Rodney King, Latasha Harlins, Abner Louima, Amadou Diallo, Oscar Grant, Henry Louis Gates, Eric Garner, Marlene Pinnock, and Michael Brown.

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