On Friday, September 17, 2021, the American Founding Group and the School of Public and International Affairs will host a celebration of Constitution Day. The centerpiece of these festivities will be a lecture open to the public entitled “On Juneteenth” by Annette Gordon-Reed, Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Hemingses of Monticello and On Juneteenth.

Thank you to the following sponsors for their generous support of Constitution Day: Jack Miller Center, UGA Wilson Center for Humanities and Arts, UGA President’s Venture Fund, UGA History Department, UGA Office of Institutional Diversity, and the UGA School of Law


Constitution Day Itinerary


10:30 am UGA Chapel Lawn Reading of the Constitution by UGA students


10:30 am UGA Chapel Display of historical documents and materials related to the American founding and U.S. Constitution in the front of the UGA Chapel. Hosted by the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library


11:30 am UGA Chapel Keynote Lecture by Professor Annette Gordon-Reed followed by a short, moderated question and answer session


What is Constitution Day?

Constitution Day is the annual celebration of the day that representatives to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia completed and signed the U.S. Constitution in 1787. The observance of this day began as “I am an American Day” in 1940 and later as Citizenship Day in 1952 when the celebration was moved to September 17 to commemorate the signing of the original document. Constitution Day as we observe it today was recognized as a federal holiday in 2004, when Senator Robert Byrd passed a bill designating September 17 as the day for citizens to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution and to thoughtfully engage with the nation’s founding document.

About the Speaker

Annette Gordon Reed headshot

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard University. Gordon-Reed won sixteen book prizes, including the Pulitzer Prize in History in 2009 and the National Book Award in 2008, for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. Her most recent book is On Juneteenth, a memoir and history of Texas.

Her honors include the National Humanities Medal (awarded by President Barack Obama), a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Gordon-Reed was also elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2019, she was elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society.



Event Parking

The North Campus Parking Deck offers convenient pay-by-the-hour parking for Constitution Day events. Visitors should enter the parking deck’s main entrance on 230 S. Jackson Street. View Google Map

For alternative parking options, please consult UGA Parking Services’ Visitor Parking Information page.


Access provided for people with disabilities. Contact Lauren Ledbetter at by Friday, September 10, 2021 for specific requests.

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