American Democracy Project at JSU Archive

Below is a brief collection of photos, promotional posters, and links highlighting some of the American Democracy Project in action on campus including Constitution Day Celebrations, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Events, and other special events in collaboration with partners across campus including The Tocqueville Lecture Series (funded by the Jack Miller Center and the Alabama Humanities Alliance at Jacksonville State University).

Photo Gallery

  • Organizers for the 2005 Constitution Day Program at JSU stand in front of a screen with the text "Constitution Day" showing.

    2005 Constitution Day Celebration

    Organizers and attendees of the 2005 Constitution Day Celebration held on Friday, September 16 in Houston Cole Library (photo - Randy Wilson).

  • Political Science Professor Lori Owens addresses the audience in attendance at Constitution Day 2006.

    2006 Constitution Day Celebration

    Political Science Professor and American Democracy Project Campus Coordinator Dr. Lori Owens addresses the audience in attendance. (Photo - Farshad Makari Poor)

  • Three of the 2009 Constitution Day Panelists standing with President Meehan.

    2009 Constitution Day Celebration

    The 2009 Constitution Day Celebration featured a panel including: Doug Jones (former federal prosecutor), Sam Monk (retired circuit judge), Brian McVeigh (chief assistant district attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit), and Randall Payne (defense attorney). These panelists discussed the 4th Amendment - the right to be secure from unreasonable searches and seizures.

  • 2009 Constitution Day Panelists McVeigh and Randall Payne

    2009 Constitution Day Celebration

    Two of the four 2009 Constitution Day Celebration panelists: Brian McVeigh (chief assistant district attorney for the 7th Judicial Circuit, right) and Randall Payne (defense attorney, left)

  • 2010 Alabama Gubernatorial Candidates pose on stage with JSU personnel

    2010 Alabama Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

    On April 20, 2010 Jacksonville State University hosted a forum for the candidates vying for the Office of Governor in Alabama. Candidates in attendance: Bradley Byrne (R), Artur Davis (D), Bill Johnson (R), Roy Moore (R), James Potts (R), and Ron Sparks (D).

  • 2010 Constitution Day Speaker Stephen Black stands behind a podium speaking to the audience.

    2010 Constitution Day Celebration

    Stephen Black, President and Founder of Impact Alabama (a non-profit student service initiative, focused on developing and implementing substantive service-learning projects at universities and colleges throughout the state), speaks to the 2010 Constitution Day attendees in the Houston Cole Library.

  • Dr. Lori Owen speaks to audience with the Alabama Supreme Court seated in the background.

    2011 Supreme Court of Alabama Convene in a Special Session at JSU

    The Alabama Supreme Court convened in Special Session at JSU on March 31, 2011 at 9 am. on the 11th floor of the Houston Cole Library to hear oral arguments in Slagle v. Ross et al. As the Supreme Court members were seated, Dr. Lori Owens addresses the audience. (Photo - Jacksonville State University)

  • Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange towers behind the podium while addressing the audience at the 2011 Constitution Day Celebration.

    2011 Constitution Day Celebration

    Alabama Attorney General The Honorable Luther Strange speaks to a full-capacity room in the Houston Cole Library as the guest speaker at the 2011 Constitution Day Celebration on September 19 of the same year. (Photo - Steve Latham)

  • Marc Ayers and Bryan Fair sitting prior to their speaking at the 2012 Contitution Day Celebration

    2012 Constitution Day Celebration

    On the 225th Anniversary of the Constitution, the 2012 Constitution Day Celebration featured Marc Ayers (from the law firm of Bradley Arant Boult and Cummings) and Bryan Fair (from the University of Alabama School of Law). The event centered on the topic of why our constitution still matters.

  • Students watching the 2012 Presidential Debate in Leone Cole Auditorium

    2012 Presidential Debate Watch Party

    Students from across campus gathered in Leone Cole Auditorium on October 16 to watch Democratic Presidential Candidate Barak Obama debate Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney in the second Presidential Debate on the campus of Hofstra University.

  • Speakers at the 2013 Constitution Day Celebration speak to the audience.

    2013 Constitution Day Celebration

    Two former members of Congress spoke to an audience of students, faculty and staff during the annual Constitution Day activities. Former Rep. Sue Kelly, a New York Republican (1995 - 2007), listens as former Rep. Earl Hutto, a Florida Democrat (1979 - 1995), speaks.

  • Panelists from the 2015 Constitution Day Celebration sitting at a table as they speak.

    2015 Constitution Day Celebration

    The 2015 Constitution and Citizenship Day Celebration featured Mrs. Georiga Calhoun, Dr. William Harbour, and Mr. Pete Conroy. Mrs. Calhoun (foreground) is the founder of the Black Heritage Festival at the Anniston Museum of Natural History. Dr. Harbour (middle) was an American civil rights activist who participated in the Freedom Rides and Mr. Conroy is the co-chair of the Freedom Riders Park Development Committee.

  • Students standing in Montgomery with the Alabama Capitol in the background

    Student Visit to Montgomery

    On a February day in 2019, students visited the Alabama Capital City - Montgomery. Part of the day included a trip to the State Capitol and other sites of interest in the area.

  • Students reading a Civil Rights Trail sign outside the Calhoun County Courthouse in Anniston, Alabama.

    Civil Rights Trail Visit

    Students read from the "Murder of Willie Brewster Historical Marker" outside the Calhoun County Courthouse in Anniston, Alabama.

  • Panelists from the September 11 Rememberance event are seated on the state in the Stone Center.

    9/11 20th Anniversary Remembrance Panel

    On Thursday, September 9, 2021 a Remembrance Panel was featured providing panelists the opportunity to share their experience on 9/11/2001 and to reflect on how that day shaped their individual lives. Panelists included Dr. William Meehan, COL (ret.) David McPherson, Angie McPherson, Miranda Killingsworth, Robert Hayes, LTC Travis Easterling, and Ben Cunningham. Mrs. Pearl Williams, Gold Star Mother of Army Major Dwayne Williams, was unable to attend. The event was moderated by Dr. Lori Owens, professor of political science and chair of the JSU American Democracy Project.

Event Promotion Posters

2023 The Tocqueville Lecture Series & Constitution Day Promotion Poster

Free Speech Poster 2023 Free Speech Program 2023