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Film, educational events mark Constitution Day

September 15, 2009

In recognition of Constitution Day Sept. 17, the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana will present two free screenings of "American Violet," a film about a wrongfully arrested woman. The movie is based on true events in which a 24-year-old African-American, single mother was wrongfully arrested during a drug sweep in Texas. The ACLU took on her case and won.

The first screening is at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Moot Courtroom at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, 530 W. New York St. The second screening is at 7 p.m. at Walker Theatre Center, 617 Indiana Ave., Indianapolis.

The Indiana Supreme Court and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will also celebrate Constitution Day with a signing of a replica U.S. Constitution by high school students Thursday in the Statehouse. The annual event is part of the Supreme Court's educational outreach program. The program commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the U.S.'s Constitution in 1787. Students will also read the Preamble and First Amendment, and discuss citizen rights and responsibilities.

Attorneys also will visit 8th grade classrooms around the state on Thursday to talk about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution as part of the Indiana State Bar Association's "Ask Me What's Great About America."

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