On September 17, former Senator Carol Moseley Braun joined UIC Law and the greater UIC Community and presented the 2021 Constitution Day Lecture, “Race and the Constitution in the 21st Century.” UIC Chancellor Michael Amiridis introduced Senator Moseley Braun.
Senator Moseley Braun is a former member of the Illinois House of Representatives, a former U.S. Senator from Illinois and a former U.S. Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa. Her lecture traced the racial elements in the U.S. Constitution, the amendments and their racial effect, the Civil Rights Movement and the effects of the Constitution on race today.
A trailblazer in U.S. politics and a UIC alumna, Senator Moseley Braun was the first Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate, the first Black U.S. Senator from the Democratic Party and the first female U.S. Senator from Illinois.
This event was co-sponsored by the UIC Department of Political Science, UIC Honors College, Student Leadership and Civic Engagement and the UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement. Constitution Day 2021 was the first of several civic engagement programs planned by UIC’s Student Leadership and Civic Engagement for the Fall 2021 semester. Next month it will host the National Student Issues Convention.
An archived recording of the Constitution Day presentation is available on the Law School’s YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE6fHVXgYrg