Constitution Day at the Byrd Center
The Sixteenth Annual Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the United States Constitution was given by Dr. Sabrina Dent, the Senior Faith Advisor for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Dr. Dent's lecture, "The Morality of Freedom: Re-imagining the Promises of the U.S. Constitution," was delivered in a virtual program on Thursday, September 17, 2020.
On September 17, 1787, the Founding Framers gathered to sign the final draft of the U.S. Constitution. This would become a notable moment in history that would set a new trajectory for some in America. Two hundred thirty-three years later “We the People” continue to wrestle with the moral imperative of freedom in the United States. This lecture will explore the questions: How do we understand freedom? To whom are these freedoms extended? What is our responsibility as citizens to protect religious freedom while re-imagining the promises of the U.S. Constitution?
The 16th Annual Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the U.S. Constitution will be dedicated in memory of the Honorable John R. Lewis, late Congressman of Georgia and lifelong defender of Civil Rights. Like the namesake of this lecture, John Lewis devoted his life to uplifting people who are victimized by unjust policies in this nation. The endurance of representative democracy demands our courageous support and informed participation to ensure that all people are truly counted among "We the People."
About the Moses Memorial Lecture
The Moses Memorial Lecture is named for the late Tom E. Moses, a longtime civil libertarian, activist, and founder of the Eastern Panhandle branch of the ACLU-WV. The inaugural Moses Lecture was given by Senator Robert C. Byrd in 2005. You can view videos of some of our past Moses Memorial Lecture on the Byrd Center YouTube Channel >>
Past Constitution Day Speakers:
2005: Senator Robert C. Byrd
2006: Joseph Onek
2007: Anthony Williams
2008: Dr. Donald A. Ritchie
2009: David Cole
2010: Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia and Bob Edgar
2011: Richard Dreyfuss
2012: Dr. Michael Austin
2013: Dr. Raymond Smock
2014: Clay Risen
2015: Dr. Ralph Young
2016: Dr. Elizabeth Hinton
2017: Ganesh Sitaraman
2018: Senator Tom Harkin
2019: Dr. Sophia Rosenfeld
2020: Dr. Sabina Dent