Bill of Rights Day

December 15 is Bill of Rights Day. On this day, the Bill of Rights (the first ten amendments to the Constitution) are commemorated. These amendments guarantee civil rights and liberties to all U.S. citizens. These rights include freedom of speech, press, and religion. In addition, they guarantee equal protection under the law.

On December 15, 1791, the first ten amendments to the Constitution (later known as the Bill of Rights) were ratified. On its 150th commemoration in 1941, Congress passed a resolution authorizing the President to designate December 15, 1941 as Bill of Rights Day. In November of 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued a proclamation declaring December 15 as such. Other Presidents issued declarations on and off till 1962. Since 1962. every President has acknowledged Bill of Rights Day.   

To learn more about the Bill of Rights, take a look at the recommended books below. You can place one on hold and pick it up at the Yonkers Public Library.