Secretary of State Kemp Recognizes Constitution Week
Atlanta – Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp today recognized the beginning of Constitution Week, a weeklong commemoration of the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787.
“Constitution Week is an opportunity to reflect on and appreciate the unique rights, freedoms and individual liberty we enjoy as citizens of the United States,” said Secretary Kemp. “I ask all Georgians to join me this week as we honor the drafters of our Constitution, and the heroes who have fought and died to defend it.”
Two Georgians, Abraham Baldwin and William Few, participated in the Constitutional Convention and signed the Constitution. On January 2, 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the U.S. Constitution.
To celebrate Constitution Week, the Secretary of State’s office is collaborating with the Daughters of the American Revolution to display Governor Sonny Perdue’s Proclamation for Constitution Week and a Constitution Week poster at the Georgia Archives in Morrow. The Daughters of the American Revolution will also have Constitution booklets, patriotic pencils and U.S. flags available for visitors.
Brian Kemp was sworn in as Secretary of State in January 2010. Among the office’s wide-ranging responsibilities, the Secretary of State is charged with conducting efficient and secure elections, the registration of corporations, and the regulation of securities and professional license holders. The office also oversees the Georgia Archives and the Capitol Museum.