Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew, proposed replacing the slave holding Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill with Harriet Tubman, the former slave and abolitionist, and to add women and civil rights leaders to the $5 and $10 notes.
Mr. Lew may have reneged on a commitment he made last year to make a woman the face of the $10 bill, opting instead to keep Alexander Hamilton, to the delight of a fan base swollen with enthusiasm over a Broadway rap musical based on the life of the first Treasury secretary.
But the broader remaking of the nation’s paper currency, which President Obama welcomed on Wednesday, may well have captured a historical moment for a multicultural, multi-ethnic and multiracial nation moving contentiously through the early years of a new century.
This is just the beginning, it’s about time we celebrate the contributions of Blacks and other minorities in America. The comments made by former presidential hopeful, Ben Carson displayed a shameful lack of reason; especially, considering his background.
Harriet Tubman deserves the honor, if for nothing else but a reminder that we know our own strength.
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