WASHINGTON (AP) - Images of a beaten and bloodied young black man from Troy, Alabama, named John Lewis helped push President Lyndon Johnson and Congress to respond to the civil rights movement.
Now a congressman from Georgia, Lewis wants to commemorate the movement with a limited-edition silver dollar marking the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act.
The Atlanta Democrat has joined with Ohio Republican Deborah Pryce to introduce legislation calling for the U-S Mint to produce 350,000 one-dollar coins marking the golden anniversary of the landmark law's signing in 1964.
The 2014 coin would be sold with a ten-dollar surcharge, expected to generate up to $3 million that would go to the United Negro College Fund for university scholarships and improvements at historically black colleges.
The Fund would be required to raise matching funds from private donors and other sources before accepting money generated by the government coins.