Monday, January 12, 2009

National Constitution Center; The Story Of We, The People.

National Constitution Center September 2008 eNews

January is filled with events that celebrate the upcoming presidential inauguration, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the world premiere of the America I AM: The African American Imprint exhibition. Visit our January events calendar for a complete listing of activities and programs.

The Center will host the world premiere of Tavis Smiley’s America I AM: The African American Imprint. This new exhibition opens on January 15, 2009 and celebrates the impact African Americans have had on our history over the past 500 years.

On Tuesday, January 20th celebrate the constitutional right of every American president – the presidential inauguration. Bring the kids and enjoy programs and events to share this special day with your family.

Are you currently a National Constitution Center member? Visit the Member’s Corner of the newsletter to find out about exclusive members only offers and events such as VIP tickets to see America I AM.

Constitution Day: September 17

Don't Miss the World Premiere of America I AM: The African American Imprint

Premieres on January 15, 2009

Celebrate the indelible contributions on our nation with this new exhibition that tells the story of courage, conviction, and creativity of the African American community. Explore 12 galleries with multimedia components, photos, music, and personal stories.

Over 200 artifacts create a truly engaging, inspiring, and unique experience for everyone. Artifacts include "The Doors of No Return" from the Cape Coast Castle in Ghana, Malcolm X's diary and personal Koran, the door key and stool from the Birmingham jail cell that held Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and more!

Purchase your tickets online now!

Discount Ticket Offer
January 9 - January 11, 2009
The Academy of Music

It’s been 30 years since AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, Broadway’s smash-hit Fats Waller musical revue won six Tony Awards® including Best New Musical. Now, Richard Maltby, Jr., Tony Award®-winning author and director of the 1978 premiere Broadway production, will re-create his original direction for the 2008/09 30th Anniversary National Tour. Ruben Studdard, the 2003 American Idol Winner, joins a top-notch cast with a sassy all-star band live onstage.

Purchase your tickets at the special rate of $45 per ticket today!

Visit or call 215.731.3333 to take advantage of this special offer. Be sure to mention the special offer code: RUBEN.

Discount is a 35% savings on all performances and sections EXCLUDING box seats. Not valid on previously purchased tickets and cannot be combined with any other offer. No exchanges or refunds. Restrictions may apply

Member’s Corner

Just announced — Members will have a special VIP entrance into our upcoming exhibit, America I AM: The African American Imprint, moving them to the front of the line for the next available entry time!

Members - only viewing times of America I AM:
Sunday, January 18, 9:00 a.m. - Noon
Monday, January 19, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Take advantage of seeing this fascinating exhibit without the crowds.

National Constitution Center Podcasts
We The People Stories — New Podcasts

PlayHow Would You Address America?
As part of the Center's online initiative "Address America: Six Words to Inspire A Nation," journalist and author Robert Schlesinger moderates a conversation with former presidential speechwriters Mary Kate Cary and Terry Edmonds about the ideas, themes, and values the American public wishes to hear included in President-elect Barack Obama's Inaugural Address.

Play The Legacy of 1808: Delta Blues
The Center welcomes musician and historian Ted Gioia for a program featuring recordings from the Mississippi Delta.

Play 2008/2012: Where We've Been, Where We're Headed
Ezra Klein and Reihan Salam, rising stars in Democratic and Republican circles, join moderator David Mark to reflect on the most important presidential election in a generation and to look ahead at what the new president will do once in office.

See the National Constitution Center's recent programs on FORAtv.

January Events & Programs

George McGovern on Abraham Lincoln
Tuesday, January 13
6:30 p.m.
Program Admission: $9 members $15 non-members, $7 students and teachers
Reservations required at 215.409.6700

In his new book on the 16th president, former U.S. Senator George McGovern writes that Lincoln’s presidency is the hinge on which American history pivots - the time when the young republic collapsed of its own contradictions and a new birth of freedom, sanctified by blood, created the United States we know today.

The Exchange: Is the Constitution Colorblind?
Wednesday, January 14
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This event is open to school groups only. The public is invited to watch a live webcast.

Students deliberate the question: Is the Constitution color-blind? The concept of a color-blind Constitution was first used to dismantle legal discrimination against African Americans in the 19th century and is now at the forefront of the debate over affirmative action.

A Celebration of Firsts
January 17 and 18
11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
January 20
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Program Admission: FREE
with museum admission

Celebrate the presidential inauguration and swearing-in of the first African American president. Visitors can enjoy Inauguration Day events on January 20th including the chance to take the Oath of Office, watch the ceremony, make presidential seals, and have a photo taken with a cutout of President-elect Obama during an exciting scavenger hunt.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 19
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Event Admission FREE

In honor of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Center will participate in a city-wide celebration. Visitors of all ages can enjoy activities, including talkback boards, crafts, choirs, famous speeches from civil rights activists, and musical and dramatic performances.

Inauguration Day Celebration
Tuesday, January 20
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Event Admission: FREE with museum admission

Celebrate Inauguration Day with the family and participate in the
Breaking Barriers show to learn about Thurgood Marshall, Bessie Coleman, Jackie Robinson, and other extraordinary African Americans throughout history.

From Revolution to Evolution
Tuesday, January 20
10:30 a.m.
Program Admission: FREE
Reservations Required: 215.409.6700

In partnership with Art Sanctuary, the Center will present a discussion of the Civil Rights revolution that led to the evolution of America's current president. The discussion will explore the influence of Martin Luther King, Jr.; President-elect Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope; and the connections to the America I AM exhibition.

The Future of the Republican Party
Monday, January 26
6:30 p.m.
Program Admission: FREE
Reservations Required: 215.409.6700

With the Democratic party in control of the presidency, the Congress and many state houses across the country, the Republican party finds itself out of power and searching for an identity and new leadership for the first time since President Carter’s election in 1976. Join the Center for a conversation with party insiders and observers.

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