A press release was published June 18 by the National Federation of the Blind. Here are some excerpts. The new commemorative coin is described carefully as the "First United States Coin with Tactile Braille", to differentiate it from the Alabama Helen Keller state quarter, which was the first U.S. coin to show an inscription in Braille (but apparently not large enough or in high enough relief for the blind to actually read it. -Editor.Over one thousand blind Americans, their friends and families, and other supporters will march from the Hilton Anatole Hotel -- headquarters for the 2008 convention of the National Federation of the Blind -- to AT&T Plaza at American Airlines Center, where a special ceremony and rally will take place.
Highlights of the rally will include addresses by NFB President Dr. Marc Maurer and Congressman Pete Sessions (TX-32), the honorary chairman of the March for Independence. The rally will close with United States Mint Director Ed Moy unveiling the design of a commemorative coin to be issued in 2009 by the Mint in honor of the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille.
United States Mint Director Ed Moy said, "The United States Mint is proud to present the 2009 Louis Braille Commemorative Silver Dollar coin design. It will be the first coin ever minted in the history of the United States to contain legible Braille characters. I am looking forward to presenting the design for this historic coin, and I am pleased that the United States Mint is playing a role in the cause of bringing literacy to all blind and visually impaired Americans."
In 2006, Congress passed and the President signed into law Public Law 109-247: The Louis Braille Bicentennial-Braille Literacy Commemorative Coin Act. This legislation authorized the minting of a commemorative coin in 2009 to mark the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of Louis Braille.
To read the complete article, see: Over One Thousand Blind Americans to March in Dallas (http://www.earthtimes.org/articles/show/over-one-thousand-blind-americans-to-march-in-dallas,438735.shtml)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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