Septima Clark is Honored on the South Carolina American Innovation Coin 2024

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Septima Clark Coin

The Septima Clark coin is part of the American Innovation™ $1 Coin Program and represents South Carolina. It pays tribute to the remarkable educator and civil rights activist, Septima Poinsette Clark, who made significant contributions during the civil rights movement.

The Septima Clark coin serves as a powerful reminder of her legacy and the importance of education in advancing civil rights.

Here are some key details about the Septima Clark coin:

Year of Issue: 2020
Obverse (Heads) Design: Features a dramatic representation of the Statue of Liberty in profile.
Reverse (Tails) Design: Depicts Septima Clark marching alongside three young African American students who carry books and an American flag. This symbolizes the importance of education and literacy for empowerment and enjoyment of civil rights.
Inscriptions:Obverse: “IN GOD WE TRUST” and “$1”
Reverse: “UNITED STATES OF AMERICA” and “SEPTIMA CLARK SOUTH CAROLINA”
Edge Inscriptions: “E PLURIBUS UNUM”
Composition: Manganese-Brass (88.5% Cu, 6% Zn, 3.5% Mn, 2% Ni)
Weight: 8.1 grams
Diameter: 1.043 inches (26.49 mm)
Thickness: 2.00 mm
Edge-Lettering Artist Information:Sculptor: Phebe Hemphill
Designer: Justin Kunz, Artistic Infusion Program
Septima Clark, born in 1898 in Charleston, South Carolina, played a pivotal role in connecting education with political organizing during the civil rights movement. She believed that knowledge could empower marginalized groups in ways that formal legal equality couldn’t. As an educator, she helped establish the first Citizenship Schools, teaching literacy and citizenship rights, which enabled black citizens to pass the literacy tests used to disenfranchise them from voting. Her impact extended beyond education, as she worked closely with leaders of the civil rights movement, earning her the nickname “Mother Conscience” and recognition as “The Mother of the Movement” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

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