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Byrd to offer lecture on U.S. Constitution at Shepherd

September 06, 2005

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Sen. Robert C. Byrd will deliver the first Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the U.S. Constitution at Shepherd University on Sept. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Storer Ballroom of the Student Center. Students and the general public are invited to attend.

This event is sponsored by the Shepherd University Foundation and the Robert C. Byrd Center for Legislative Studies. It will be Shepherd University's main event for Constitution Day/Citizenship Day celebrated nationally on Sept. 17 each year. It was on that date in 1787 that the U.S. Constitution was approved by delegates meeting in Philadelphia in the Federal Convention.

The Tom E. Moses Memorial Lecture on the U. S. Constitution is named for the late Tom E. Moses, long-time civil libertarian and defender of the Bill of Rights. Moses founded the Eastern Panhandle branch of the American Civil Liberties Union and served on the board of directors of the ACLU-WV. He was a medical paratrooper with the 82nd Airborne during World War II and received the Bronze Star.

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The Moses Memorial Lecture was established by his three daughters, Lynn Yellott, Merle Crawford and Jeri Moses-Eichler.

According to a news release from the school, the Moses Lecture series will bring distinguished speakers to Shepherd University each September to discuss major constitutional and civil liberties issues. The lecture series will be part of an ongoing dialogue on the significance and fundamental importance of the Constitution of the United States in the daily lives of its citizens and its importance to the nation and the world, the release states.

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