How well do you “Know Your Constitution?”

By Michael Miller
President, Riderwood Democratic Club

How one understands and interprets the Constitution is at the center of the most contentious political issues dividing Americans today. Our Constitution is constantly being praised, cited, and appealed to by people of all political persuasions. But how well do we know what it actually says? For many of us, it’s been a long time since we studied it and we could probably use a refresher course. In response, the Riderwood League of Women Voters has developed a 10-week course titled “Know Your Constitution” providing a non-partisan look at how the Constitution was developed, our rights and responsibilities under it, and its meaning for us today.

During the first seven weeks, presenters will systematically review the Constitution from the Preamble through the 26 amendments. The final three weeks of the class will explain the organization and structure of Maryland state government and the governments of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Each 90-minute session will be led by a different presenter (including both Riderwood residents and outside experts) ensuring a variety of viewpoints and allowing sufficient time for discussion.

The course will meet on Thursdays from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the Village Square Music Room. The first session is February 8 and the last is April 26 (there will be no class on March 1 or April 5). Cost of the class is $5.00 to cover course materials. Enrollment is limited to 35 participants due to room size. To reserve a place in the course, contact Ruth Sachs at or 301-960-9755.

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