Jazz legend Duke Ellington is the first African American to appear on an American coin

February 25th, 2009 - 11:18 am ICT by admin  

Duke Ellington It is official now that the U.S. Mint will make Jazz legend Duke Ellington the first African American to appear on an American coin. This adds panache to the pride of the Black supremacy in both global politic and their position as great inspiration of the American system. The US Mint in a statement said that the Jazz legend Duke Ellington would be the first African American to appear on an American coin.. This came as the US Mint is introducing the latest in its line of state-themed quarters.

Duke Ellington will feature in the District of Columbia coin. The coin honoring Duke Ellington will be introduced Tuesday at the Smithsonian. The commemorative quarter shows Ellington playing the piano. It will make its debut through a news conference by U.S. Mint Director Ed Moy on Tuesday at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

Jazz legend Duke Ellington won the honor by a vote. The vote was conducted by D.C. residents who chose Duke Ellington against abolitionist Frederick Douglas and reputed astronomer Benjamin Banneker. The coin features “justice for all” as a key phrase to go along the Ellington marker against a vote by the DC voters whose choice was “taxation without representation,” instead.

Ellington’s jazz heys pride of 13 Grammies during his days as a jazz pioneer. He was born in Columbia. He composed 3,000 songs. Among the most popular is “It Don’t Mean a Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing,” which pioneered a new jazz swing. He performed alongside great people like John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, and Louis Armstrong.

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