St. Louis high-schoolers celebrate Constitution Day 2014

Students, judges, scholars, lawyers and historians focus on Civil Rights Act

ST. LOUIS, MO – Nearly 200 students from four high schools in St. Louis gathered at the Thomas F. Eagleton U.S. Courthouse Sept. 17 for two hours of special live televized program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. More than 7,500 others joined live by video streaming.

Produced by HEC-TV Live and The Missouri Bar, the program celebrated the 2014 Constitution Day by taking an in-depth look into the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Act’s major provisions and its on-going impact on American life.

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 is a landmark piece of civil rights legislation signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

During the two televised shows, high school students engaged a panel of judges, constitutional scholars, attorneys and historians by asking vibrant and insightful questions.

The Heart of Atlanta Motel case was based on interstate commerce,” said Rashana Buchannon, a student from Soldan High School. “Is the government overstepping its authority when telling a small business to sell to people they do not agree with or be fined for discrimination?”

Participating students were from Soldan International Studies High School, Ladue Horton Watkins High School, Confluence Prep Academy High School and Clayton High School.

Panelists of the program include: Pam Meanes, president of the National Bar Association; Hon. Shirley Padmore Mensah, U.S. Magistrate Judge for St. Louis; Rigel Oliveri, Assistant Dean at the University of Missouri School of Law; Reuben Shelton, president of The Missouri Bar; and Mark Updegrove, Executive Director of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library in Austin, Texas.

The Missouri Bar and HEC-TV Live were proud to host the interactive Constitution Day Program for the seventh consecutive year. The program is designed for students in Grades 7-12 and for teachers to use in the classroom. The program won a Telly Award in 2011. Your will find a wealth of information about the Constitution Day Program including past topics and videos here.

Watch the Video

To learn more about the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its current implications, check out the bar’s Constitution Day study guide or watch the programming available on HEC-TV Live’s website.

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