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Dr. Martin Luther King And Sojourner Truth Are On The New $5 And $10 Bills. It’s Bigger Than Harriet Tubman.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Opera Singer Marian Anderson and former First Lady Elanor Roosevelt will appear on the back of the $5 bill. The back of the $10 bill will feature Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.




Dr. Martin Luther King, Sojourner Truth and Marian Anderson are just among a few activist being added  to American  currency in the coming years. Earlier this month we  were all delighted  to see that  Harriet  Tubman  had  been chosen to  grace the front of the  new $20 bills. Now the  news have  broken that she  will not be alone, she is being joined by  many other notable Civil Rights and  women’s suffrage activists.

After announcing Tubman, a former slave , would take over the  front of the $20 bill the  Treasury Department has  announced that there will be dramatic changes in the $5 and $10 bills as well.

Abraham Lincoln will remain on the  front of the $5 bill, however, the back  will now feature  historical moments that  occurred at the  Lincoln Memorial. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.,  Opera Singer Marian Anderson and  former First Lady Elanor Roosevelt will appear on the  back of the $5 bill.

In  case you  miss the  significance of these three on the back of the  Lincoln  bill I’ll fill you in.  In  1939 after being refused to be allowed to  perform at Constitution Hall by the  Daughters of the American Revolution because was Black,  First Lady Elanor Roosevelt arranged for  Marian Anderson to perform  at the Lincoln Memorial. Dr. King gave his  famous ” I Have A Dream” speech from the steps of the  Lincoln Memorial in 1963.  All 3  are hailed as  Civil Rights activist and  are  appearing  on the back of the bill of the president  who freed the slaves and  gave  Black  people  rights as people.

Bernice King, Dr. King’s youngest daughter and CEO of The Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change has said

“Words cannot express how proud and humbled we are here at The King Center by the United States Department of Treasury’s announcement to add Martin Luther King Jr.’s image to the backside of the new $5 note,”

Juxtaposing Dr. King’s image and other iconic voices of freedom on one side with President Lincoln on the other poignantly symbolizes the connection between the promise of a nation the fulfillment of that promise, and the never ending generational struggle to reach our promise.”

She went on to tell reporters

He was fully aware of the connection between his struggle for freedom during the Civil Rights Movement and Abraham’s Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

.Furthermore, just as Harriet Tubman emancipated slaves and President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, my father called upon President Kennedy to issue a second Emancipation Proclamation. It is a historical turning point in America and the world when the legacies of these great emancipators are memorialized on U.S. currency.

The new $10  will also  keep it’s president on the  front. Andrew Jackson will remain on the  front and the back will “celebrate the history of the Women’s Suffrage movement.” The back will feature  Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott, Alice Paul and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

Click to  read a message from Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew on these changes.

These  changes to American money  are  historically  significant. America is a melting pot and  for centuries it’s citizens have had to look at  it and be reminded of our past. A past where we  open our wallets and see former slave owners. It’s amazing that we will now be able to look in  our wallets and  find American  champions that we can recognize and  appreciate as well. Figures on  our money that instill as sense of  pride.

The new  bills  are expected to be in  circulation  by  2020.

While I want to be  excited I’m still apprehensive.  For some reason I  feel as if they will become  collectible items. It seems the government  is working hard to digitize our  money and access to it. For some reason  I fear that just after these bills get good into  circulation they will be obsolete. All banking and  financial  transitions  will  be  done on  chips and  digitally.

Hopefully I’m  wrong, for now I’m just  going to look at it as a step in the right direction.


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