Kentuckians across the Commonwealth will celebrate Kentucky’s acceptance into statehood in conjunction with Kentucky Statehood Day, June 1, 2005. Along with the traditional celebration, Secretary of State Trey Grayson is encouraging Kentuckians to increase their civic literacy by focusing upon Kentucky’s history.
“As Kentucky celebrates the 213th anniversary of our statehood, it seems only fitting that we use this opportunity to educate Kentucky citizens about civic processes and Kentucky history,” stated Secretary Grayson.
Kentucky became the 15th state of the United States of America on June 1, 1792. Unlike many other states, Kentucky was not a territory prior to becoming an individually recognized state; rather, it previously comprised a portion of Virginia.
Secretary Grayson urges citizens to visit Kentucky historical landmarks and the Kentucky History Center in order to “bring to life” the history of Kentucky. More information about some of Kentucky’s historical treasures can be found on the Kentucky Historical Society’s homepage at http://history.ky.gov. For specific information on Kentucky historical sites, visit http://parks.ky.gov/statehistoricsites.
The highlighting of Kentucky Statehood Day comes on the heels of an increased push for civic literacy throughout the country and led by Secretary Grayson here in Kentucky. The Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky (CLIK) represents the beginning of a multi-year effort that will determine a strategy for enhancing long-term civic engagement and civic literacy within the Commonwealth. The CLIK has been touted as a model for other states across country.
Kentucky Statehood Day is not the only time that is set aside for Kentuckians to focus on their state’s history and civic processes. The Kentucky General Assembly recently passed a resolution designating October as Civic Literacy and Engagement Month in Kentucky. The legislative effort, led by Senator Jack Westwood (R-Crescent Springs) and Representative Tanya Pullin (D-South Shore), also included a number of resolutions supporting the CLIK.
In addition, Congress recently passed a resolution declaring September 17th as national Constitution and Citizenship Day. The date marks the day that the United States constitution was adopted in 1781. Schools across the country will create educational programs focused upon increasing student’s awareness of the constitution and citizenship.
“Kentucky’s history provides a perfect avenue to educate Kentucky’s youngest citizens about the importance of civic involvement,” stated Secretary Grayson. “With Kentucky celebrating the Commonwealth’s ‘213th birthday,’ it is my hope that citizens will take the time to remind ourselves what makes Kentucky and our beloved nation grand.”
For more information about the Civic Literacy Initiative of Kentucky, please visit: http://civicky.nku.edu.
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