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NEO Students Celebrate Constitution Day

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Northeast Oklahoma A & M students celebrate Constitution Day, as our nation’s framing document celebrates its 228th birthday.

On this day in 1787, 39 delegates at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia signed the document, establishing it as the supreme law of the land. Miami attorney and NEO alum Georgeann Roy lead a presentation on the 1st Amendment, focusing on the freedom of religion's establishment and free exercise clause. She says religious liberty is fundamental to our country's founding, the reason many escaping religious persecution came to America, and still an important freedom today.

"For the first time in history a group of people designed a government to govern themselves. There wasn't any notion of being governed by god or a king. It was literally the first time in human history, other than you know small experiments with democracy in ancient Greece, literally the first time people came together for the purpose of governing themselves,” Roye says.

Constitution day has been celebrated across the nation since it was added as an amendment to a spending bill by Senator Robert Byrd in 2004.

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