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ALBANY (September 22, 2015) — The College of Saint Rose will mark Constitution Day with a focus on the struggle for civil rights and social justice in Albany and the Supreme Court decisions of the era.

The College’s 2015 Constitution Day observance will take place Tuesday, September 29, at 7 p.m. in the Carondelet Symposium, Thelma P. Lally School of Education, 1009 Madison Ave., Albany, New York.

The program will begin with a screening of the 19-minute documentary, “The Brothers: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in Albany.” Dr. Scott Lemieux, associate professor of political science at Saint Rose, will deliver the annual Kermit Hall Memorial Lecture, “Connecting the Struggle for Civil Rights and Racial Justice in Albany to the National Movement and Supreme Court Decisions of the Era,” followed by a conversation with two Capital Region members of The Brothers: Earl Thorpe and Persell McDowell, as well as with Lemieux. Dr. Shai Butler, associate vice president for student success and the College’s chief diversity officer, will moderate the discussion.

The September 29 program is free and open to the public.

The annual lecture honors the late, distinguished legal historian and University at Albany president, Dr. Kermit L. Hall. During his all-too-brief tenure, he quickly became an emphatic and tireless booster of higher education in the Capital Region. The American Historical Association credited Dr. Hall with being a “significant force in the modern revitalization of legal history.” Dr. Hall’s academic research and writing on the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court continue to be essential reading.

For more information about the September 29 program, contact Dr. Shai Butler at 518-337-2306 or by email.