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Rep. John Lewis on Changes to $20, $10 and $5 Bills

April 21, 2016
Press Release

            "I was amazed to hear that President Barack Obama's Department of the Treasury, led by Secretary Jacob Lew, announced landmark changes to the $20, $10, and $5 bills today.  This is good news.  It is so meaningful that this nation has finally come to a point where we can demonstrate our reverence for the contributions of the abolitionist Harriet Tubman, women suffragettes like Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and the civil rights activism that has taken shape on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.  We are a better nation because these individuals lived.

            "To think that the image of Marian Anderson, Eleanor Roosevelt or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. may actually be portrayed on our currency is inspiring.  They helped infuse a greater respect for human dignity into the very veins of our democracy.  Their work helped move us closer to the ideals of equal justice that motivated our founding. 

            "But these images will not only acknowledge our remarkable past, they also help shape the future of this nation.  There are millions of Americans who have never seen people like themselves portrayed in any official setting.  When young people, and those who are not so young, see faces like their own on these bills, it will help confirm their worth and the value to this nation.  It will communicate that they too can make a contribution that will go down in American history.  The President and Secretary Lew are to be applauded.  This is another groundbreaking achievement of the Obama Administration."