Kentucky Wesleyan College and Owensboro Community & Technical College will each be holding events to celebrate Constitution Day.
Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the U.S. Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens. It is normally observed on Sept. 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.
Both local events are free and open to the public.
On September 17, KWC will host a presentation at 7 p.m. in the Jack Wells Activity Center. Michael Johnson will speak on Free Speech, Free Assembly and Civil Rights. He is a 30-year U.S. Navy veteran, Owensboro native, and candidate for state representative in the 13th District. (Note: He will not give a campaign speech, and KWC does not endorse candidates.)
Johnson graduated from Owensboro High School in 1987. His highly decorated naval service included work with community relations projects for orphanages around the world. He has been an ordained minister for the past 20 years and is an active member of the community, including roles as head coach for the Owensboro High School track and field team, vice chair of the Owensboro Board of Education, and as a member of the board of directors for the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce.
On September 19, OCTC will host a presentation titled Should Secession Be Made a Constitutional Option? with Dr. Bill Conroy. The presentation will be held in the Chandler Conference Center (ATC 107) in the Advanced Technology Center, located on the main campus at 4800 New Hartford Road.
Conroy is an Emeritus Professor at Kentucky Wesleyan College. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Fordham University. Conroy taught history and political science at KWC for 28 years.