FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON — A. Shuanise Washington, president and CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF), released the following statement on Harriet Tubman replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill and the addition of Sojourner Truth to the back to the $10 bill.
“The ground-breaking decision by the Treasury Department—to add Harriet Tubman, a well-known abolitionist and former slave to the $20 bill and Sojourner Truth, a leader in the women’s suffrage movement, to the $10 bill—reflects the changing tide across America. In 2020, one hundred years after African Americans gained the right to vote, Tubman and Truth will grace U.S. currency. It is a fitting way to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment. We applaud the choice.
“The legacies of Tubman and Truth resonate with millions and transcend ethnicity, gender, and creed. Their courageous battles for liberty, equality, and justice in a time of conflict and divisiveness are at the cornerstone of the CBCF’s work.
“The government’s decision to feature Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth, as well as other highly influential women on American currency, highlights the importance of women’s contributions to America. A strong representation of gallantry and independence, Harriet Tubman’s presence on the $20 bill and Sojourner Truth’s on the $10 bill will serve as a reminder that women, and most certainly African-American women, are more than capable of leading in perilous times. As echoed in President Obama’s speech at the CBCF’s 45th Annual Legislative Conference, ‘Black women have been a part of every great movement in American history, even if they weren’t always given a voice.’ This bold act, by the Treasury Department, is the right step in a progressive direction to do just that.”
“At CBCF, we remain committed to improving the socioeconomic status of African Americans by fostering the exchange of ideas on social, economic, health and educational disparities through programs like our Sojourner Truth Legacy Project, where we explore issues affecting African-American women. Today, we celebrate the courage of Harriet Tubman and Sojourner Truth—and that of our nation to pay homage to these iconic figures of American justice.”