Park University Reschedules Constitution Day Event for Nov. 30
Nov. 19, 2021 — Park University’s annual Constitution Day event, which was originally scheduled to be held on Sept. 27, but was postponed due to a power outage, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 30. The event will feature a screening of the film “Confounding Father: A Contrarian View of the U.S. Constitution” starting at 3 p.m. in the Jenkin and Barbara David Theater inside Alumni Hall on the University’s Parkville Campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
“Confounding Father” is a two-hour documentary that tells the story of the constitutional convention from the contrarian viewpoint of anti-federalists. It serves as a timely re-examination of the U.S. political system and features Luther Martin, a Maryland delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Martin opposed the continuation of the slave trade and the three-fifths clause; feared the unlimited taxing power of the national government; thought many framers of the U.S. Constitution were seeking an American empire; drank too much, talked too much and annoyed the famous founding fathers.
Constitution Day, or Citizenship Day as it is also called, is federally mandated for all institutions of higher education that receive federal funding. The legislation was enacted in 2004 and implemented by the U.S. Department of Education in 2005. It celebrates the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens.