Living history took over the agenda of the Citizens Coin Advisory Commmittee Aug. 18 at its meeting held in conjunction with the ANA World?s Fair of Money convention in Denver.
In the photo: Carlotta Walls LaNier, one of the Little Rock Nine, offered comments at the Aug. 18 CCAC meeting.
After discussing obverse and reverse design preferences for a 2007 50th anniversary silver dollar honoring the desegregation of Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., close to consensus opinions about the design choices diverged when the discussion turned to inscriptions.
?Courage with Dignity? on the preferred obverse was being questioned when a late arrival apologized for being late, but saying, ?I am one of the Little Rock Nine. I didn?t like the use of the word ?dignity.??
Proceedings suddenly revolved around the input from Carlotta Walls LaNier, who at 14 years of age in 1957, was the youngest of the nine black students who were escorted to Central High by the National Guard. She was starting 10th grade.
The decision then became a recommendation to substitute the phrase ?Desegregaton in Education.?
LaNier ultimately went on to college in Michigan and Colorado and is a real estate broker today, serving on the board of trustees of the University of Northern Colorado and also for the Iliff School of Theology.
LaNier was enthused about the idea of a commemorative coin. ?It is wonderful that it is being expressed this way,? she said.
Next year will be the formal 50th anniversary ceremony Sept. 24, 2007, in Little Rock and a dedication of an historical site on what used to be the location of an old Mobil service station.
The CCAC also discussed a medal design for former Treasury Secretary John Snow and narratives for the Presidential dollar designs.