Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial One Cent Coin
A proposal submitted to the Martin Luther King Memorial international design competition.
Rather than build a single monument in Washington DC, remint the penny and send this memorial
directly to every town in the country. The design retains many features of the Lincoln penny, adding the
crowd from King's "I Have A Dream" speech on the steps Lincoln Memorial, and updating E Pluribus Unum.

Championed by Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA) and Congressman Jim Leach (R-IA), a modified version of this
proposal was submitted to Congress authorizing the US Mint to produce Dr. King commemorative coins, with
the proceeds of sales going to the Library of Congress - to purchase materials related to Dr. King's legacy.
The Senate bill was offered three times (S.355, S.377 , and S.2146) garnering 26, 24 and 28 co-sponsors.
The House bill was introduced twice (H.R.1184 and H.R.589) attracting 148 and 294 co-sponsors.
Sadly, neither bill made it out of Committee, and this memorial was never produced.

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