Constitution Day was intended to celebrate the most profound governing document the world has ever seen.

As of 2004 the U. S. federal government requires all universities and colleges receiving taxpayer funds to hold an event in honor of the Constitution, which was signed on September 17, 1787.

Michigan State University’s program consists of a panel of professors – including an outspoken communist. Mr. Curtis Stokes, a professor of political theory, will speak on Karl Marx and the Civil War.

Stokes, who self-identifies as a believer in communism, teaches courses on ”Black politics in the United States and Michigan, as well as Marxist and radical political thought.” He is also an active faculty member of the African American and African Studies department.

The radical thinker has authored or co-authored a handful of books, namely Race and Human Rights (MSU Press, 2009); Race in 21st Century America; Racial Liberalism and the Politics of Urban America; The State of Black Michigan, 1967-2007.

The following organizations are sponsoring the program: James Madison College; the Symposium on Science, Reason, & Modern Democracy in the Department of Political Science; the Jack Miller Center for Teaching America’s Founding Principles and History.

Why is a communist speaking at an event meant to promote the premises of limited government embedded within the Constitution? According to the University’s official webpage, ”Constitution Day is intended to increase student awareness and appreciation of this important document of freedom.”

Please let the University administration know your thoughts via email.

Our founding fathers would be appalled.

Nick Kowalski | Michigan State University | @NKowalski