ACC & LBJ Library Partner for Constitution Debate

Sep 21, 2009

AUSTIN, TX (September 21, 2009) - The Austin Community College District is teaming with the LBJ Library and Museum to present ACC's Constitution Debate Day Celebration. The event brings together students and law experts to debate constitutional issues of 21st century America.

"The Constitution is one of the most important documents in our history as well as in modern politics," says Peck Young, director of the ACC Center for Public Policy and Political Studies. "Whereas other documents often lose their significance with time, this living, breathing entity's influence only grows with time and democratic participation."

This is ACC's third annual Constitution Debate Day Celebration, held in honor of the day the Founding Fathers signed the Constitution in September 1787. Hundreds of students are expected to attend.

"The LBJ Library and Museum is honored to co-sponsor this celebration of the Constitution with Austin Community College," says Tina Houston, LBJ Library and Museum interim director. "It is critical that our future leaders understand the Constitution, cherish the rights it provides, and debate its importance. President and Mrs. Johnson would be proud of this debate about civic involvement."

The event will include a keynote address by Dr. Norma Cantú, a visiting professor of law at The University of Texas at Austin and former Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights in the Clinton administration's Department of Education. After Dr. Cantú's address, students will break into groups to deliberate various constitutional issues.

Media are invited to attend, but the event is not open to the public. For more details, contact:

Alexis Patterson, ACC 512-223-7596 apatter1@austincc.edu austincc.edu

Anne Wheeler, LBJ Library and Museum 512- 721-0216 anne.wheeler@nara.gov

About the Austin Community College District (austincc.edu): ACC, Central Texas' community college, is the primary gateway to higher education and career training for residents in eight counties. The college provides access to affordable, quality education. ACC enrolls more than 40,000 credit students, offering university transfer courses, two-year associate degrees, certificates, Early College Start, access programs that get students "college-ready," and continuing education. At ACC you can "Start here. Get there.