Use the $2 bank note to commemorate black history.

Use the $2 bank note to commemorate black history.

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Colin Quashie started this petition to President Donald J. Trump and

U.S. currency lacks diversity. The $2 bill lacks exposure. These issues - and more - can be solved by using the $2 bank note to commemorate African Americans of great merit.

Beginning with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King in 2025, and changing every quinquennial (5 years), luminaries such as Rosa Parks, Frederick Douglass, and Thurgood Marshall would be featured on the obverse. A major accomplishment would grace the reverse side - such as MLK’s ‘March on Washington’. Using the precedent of commemorative postage stamps, the legal tender note’s value would be retained in perpetuity after the print is retired and a new personality is unveiled.   

The revenue potential is innumerable. The sale of uncut Federal Reserve currency sheets would fund ‘reparation’ scholarships and grants to HBCU’s (Historically Black Colleges & Universities). During each intervening year, a prominent artist would be commissioned to create a limited-edition art print inspired by the life of the featured honoree - with proceeds to fund reparation endowments.

Booklets containing biographies of the commemorative $2 honorees would accompany each currency sheet and prove an excellent educational tool to familiarize all Americans with the contributions made by political, intellectual, and cultural figures whose significant impact may not be generally known. In addition to the examples provided above, consider the need to advocate for contributions by Charles Hamilton Houston, Ralph Bunche, Edward Brooke, Constance Baker Motely, and Patricia Roberts Harris among many others.

This innovative currency addendum would not threaten the status quo currency and will be subject to the Treasury Department’s strict design and security standards.

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