Constitution Day is a federal observance held annually on September 17 in honor of the signing of the United States of America's Constitution. Here is a brief guide to the U.S. Constitution. People can find information about books, websites, events and videos on this guide.
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MISSION: The Maryland Democracy Initiative grows the capacity of all people for a lifetime of civic participation in service to a fairer and more just society. We accomplish this through innovative interdisciplinary, community-centered research, teaching, learning and civic engagement.
The Initiative combines and leverages the skills of its four core colleges and Maryland’s public, land-grant university. Our work prioritizes best practices and innovations in helping grow people’s capacity for effective civic engagement. In doing so, we meet people where they are at all stages of life, with a continuing eye on where technology and behavior are moving. We concentrate on areas of need not addressed elsewhere. We focus on work that is scalable and replicable to maximize our impact.
We start with the hypothesis, based on research and the knowledge of our fields, that people require five capacities to participate in a healthy democracy. The capacities are:
Confident in the future of American democracy, we draw knowledge and inspiration from the past, including the example of Maryland native Frederick Douglass - journalist, statesmen and champion of education. We move forward with an urgent calling: strengthening democracy for all is a Grand Challenge of our time.
Check out the 2023 Events tab for information on the Maryland Democracy Initiative's Constitution Day event!