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Sept. 19, 2015
HCC celebrates Constitution Day 2015
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) recently celebrated Constitution Day 2015, which takes place annually on September 17; the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. With many high profile cases decided this past summer, this year’s Constitution Day program looked deeper into the role of the Supreme Court and its ability to interpret laws.

HCC student Dwan Liggins welcomed guests and introduced the presenters. HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. was next on the program and excited the audience with trivia questions about the American Government and our nation’s capital. He also presented prizes to those who correctly answered the questions.

Presenting in the character as John Marshall, fourth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court was HCC instructor Christopher Young. Young spoke in first-hand account of how Chief Justice Marshall established the concept of judicial review, which allows the Supreme Court to interpret the constitutionality of laws.

Derek K. Lewis followed speaking on constitutional interpretation. He began with the premise that the Supreme Court can, and has made wrong decisions. To do this, Mr. Lewis gave examples of decisions over the years that could be considered some of the “wrong” Supreme Court decisions, and then explained how they have been corrected over the years. These changes have occurred through legislative actions, amending the Constitution, and even simply by the Court changing its opinion.

Attendees and participants learned how the Constitution and the decisions of the Supreme Court have a direct effect not only on America at large, but also on them as individuals.
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Pictured left to right: HCC Instructors Derek Lewis and Christopher Young
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Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239