National Archives Explores The 14th Amendment on December 1 at 7 p.m.
Press Release · Monday, November 28, 2016

Washington, DC

On Thursday, December 1, at 7 p.m., the National Archives presents a special program titled: “The 14th Amendment’s Shield of National Protection: A Constitutional Guarantee of Liberty and Equality.” This event is free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, and streamed live on YouTube.

A distinguished panel will discuss how the 14th Amendment enshrined the promise of liberty and equality in our Constitution and implications for today’s most important issues, including racial discrimination, guns rights, marriage equality, economic liberty, and gender equality. Moderated by Jeffrey Rosen, President and CEO, National Constitution Center and Elizabeth Wydra, President, Constitutional Accountability Center, panelists include Senator Chris Coons (D-DE); The Honorable James Wynn Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Dana Berliner, Senior Vice President and Litigation Director, Institute for Justice; Shannon Price Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Right; Alan Gura, Attorney, Gura PLLC; and  Thomas A. Saenz, President and General Counsel, MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund). Presented in partnership with the National Constitution Center and the Constitutional Accountability Center.

Attendees should use the Special Events entrance, located on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW.  Reservations are recommended and can be made online.  For those without reservations, seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the building will open 45 minutes prior to the start of the program. The building is fully accessible. Metro: Yellow or Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial station.


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