Beginning February 1st until February 28th, you will receive information about one of the 27 amendments every day – plus the opportunity to submit your idea for a 28th Amendment! Make sure you come and learn/refresh your memory on the Bill of Rights, and many other things in relation. It is important to know your rights so that you won’t be taken advantage of. Also, knowing them may come in handy if you have an American History class and a test coming up! (Trust me, I took that class last year and all of this stuff will be in your lessons, and on your test! Pay close attention!) Anyway, you can visit the museum and participate in the festivities, or you can check it out online! You can also go to the museum’s Facebook page or visit constitutioncenter.org to submit your idea for the 28th Amendment and to take daily polls on different questions about the Constitution.
The special dates that you absolutely don’t want to miss are:
- Saturday, February 1, 2014 – This is the first day of the crash course, and you’ll learn about the First Amendment. The First Amendment is all about freedom! If you love your right to speak freely, freedom to chose your religion and practice your beliefs, and to peacefully assemble, then you should stop by for more information. There will be special activities, an interactive game show, craft activity stations, and a First Amendment Fair with representatives from Philadelphia’s arts and culture organizations and media outlets.
- Saturday, February 8, 2014 – The 8th amendment is all about our justice system, and prohibiting cruel and unusual punishments! Special activities include a program on the Eighth Amendment presented in partnership with Eastern State Penitentiary.
- Thursday, February 13, 2014 – The 13th amendment was put in place to stop slavery. Slavery is a very crucial and catastrophic part of our American history. It is imperative that everyone knows about what the enslaved people went through and how they helped build America and our economy. Visitors will have the chance to take a close look at the museum’s rare printing of the Emancipation Proclamation to learn more about its history and the background of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments.
- Friday, February 14, 2014 – The 14th amendment was put in place to supposedly ensure that everyone, especially the freed slaves were equally protected by the law, and equal access to life, liberty or property, without due process of law. Celebrate the 14th Amendment and Frederick Douglass through special programs and activities.
- Saturday, February 15, 2014 – The 15th amendment prohibits being denied the right to vote based on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Learn more about the 15th Amendment as well as amendments that directly impact the limits and powers of the Executive Branch during the Constitution Center’s Presidents Day Weekend activities.
READY TO VISIT the National Constitution Center? Check out the Constitution Center profile page for the hours you can use your STAMP pass!
This post was written by Ophelia Murray, a STAMP Teen Council member. Ophelia attends Imhotep Charter High School.