Two Constitution Videos by Annenberg Foundation Win American Bar Association Award

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Media Contact:Susan Stranahan | sstranahan@asc.upenn.edu | 215-746-3197October 30, 2007

PHILADELPHIA -- Two videos produced by the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands as part of an ongoing effort to education the nation's youth about the U.S. Constitution have been selected to receive the 2008 American Bar Association Coalition for Justice Burnham "Hod" Greeley Award.

The Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands is administered by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania.

The first video, "A Conversation on the Constitution: Judicial Independence," filmed in 2006 at the U.S. Supreme Court with members of the court, was distributed to nearly 65,000 public high schools, libraries, law school deans and educators to mark the observance of Constitution Day 2006.  

The second, "The Constitution Project: An Independent Judiciary," details the legal disputes surrounding the court-ordered integration of Little Rock's Central High School in 1956 and the refusal of President Andrew Jackson to uphold the 1832 Supreme Court decision barring removal of the Cherokees from tribal lands in Georgia.  The video was disseminated to 27,000 public schools, teachers and libraries for Constitution Day 2007.

Both videos are available online at www.annenbergclassroom.org,  another Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands project.  The online versions are available in 14 languages.

The award will be presented Feb. 8 at the American Bar Association's mid-year meeting in Los Angeles.

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