John Seigenthaler to speak about patriotism for Fowler Constitution Day Celebration Sept. 18

Patriotism is the topic of the Forth Annual Nolan Fowler and Elaine Fowler Palencia Constitution Day Celebration at Tennessee Tech University, set for 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 18, in Derryberry Hall Auditorium.

John Seigenthaler, an award-winning journalist and former administrative assistant to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, will lead a presentation titled “Patriotism: Salute the Flag or Burn It?”

While in the field of civil rights, Seigenthaler served as chief negotiator with the governor of Alabama during the freedom rides. He also had a successful 43-year career as a journalist for the Tennessean and later became founding editorial director of USA Today.

In 1991, he founded the First Amendment Center in Nashville, which is dedicated to creating national discussion, dialogue and debate about First Amendment rights and values.

All educational institutions receiving federal funds are required each year in September to host a celebration commemorating the Sept. 17, 1787, signing of the U.S. Constitution.

Fowler, a retired history professor and longtime instructor of constitutional law at the university, provided a $150,000 endowment to establish the Constitution Day Celebration at TTU.

For more information about the event, call Constitution Day Committee member Tiff Rector at 931/372-3159.

(homepage Photo by Curtis Palmer).

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