“We the People” Kansans Will Gather to Read U.S. Constitution Aloud


Topeka, Kan – “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”


On September 17, 2021, Kansans of all ages are gathering in Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City, Kan., to read aloud these enduring, powerful words, along with the remainder of the U.S. Constitution –  the vital basis of our governance system in the United States of America for more than 230 years. 


The Federal Bar Association for the District of Kansas is organizing a live ceremonial reading of the entirety of the U.S. Constitution at courthouses throughout Kansas by a wide variety of participants, ranging from area students to attorneys and judges. Similar events will be happening nationwide as part of the annual celebration of “Constitution Day.” 


Constitution Day, observed across the United States each year on September 17th, celebrates the anniversary of the historic day in 1787 on which delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed and formally adopted our United States Constitution. This year will mark the 234th anniversary of this important event.  


In addition to holding the live ceremonial reading, the Federal Bar is encouraging people to post and share videos of themselves reading portions of the Constitution with the hashtag #USConstitutionDay. 


More information for each location is as follows. Preregistration is required.


Wichita – U.S. District Court, 401 N. Market; check-in begins at 9:30 and readings begin at 10:00 a.m. Contact Jamie Haig, Jamie_Haig@ksd.uscourts.gov or (316) 315-4205


Topeka – U.S. District Court, 444 SE Qunicy; check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. and readings begin at 9:30 am. Contact Jared Harsin, Jared_Harsin@ksd.uscourts.gov or (785) 338-5405


Kansas City, Kan. – U.S. District Court, 500 State Avenue; check-in begins at 9:00 a.m. and readings begin at 9:30 am. Contact Brittany Caldwell, Brittany_Caldwell@ksd.uscourts.gov, or (913) 735-2205